Yamna’s Journey from a U to a 2
Many young people feel disappointed and lost if they don’t get the exam results they need. However, with the right guidance and support it’s amazing what they can achieve.
In August last year Yamna Ahmed, now 17, felt disappointed and inadequate when she got her GCSE results. Compared to the achievements of her friends and cousins she was embarrassed by her own results. In particular she felt she’d let herself down with the ‘U’ she got in Maths. She wanted to do better and recognised that she would need more individual support to succeed. Already feeling that the class size at school wouldn’t enable this, she was hesitant about going to college too.
Determined not to give up Yamna attended a careers event where she spoke to an Aspire-i careers adviser and discussed the different options available to her. Yamna wanted to know more about aspire2work, a study programme offering a variety of vocational courses, work experience and further study in Maths and English. Specifically for 16-18 year old there are a course available from a range of sectors; from Fashion to Retail, Hospitality to Business Administration, Yamna was particularly interested in the Health and Social Care course. A course offered by one of Aspire-i’s aspire2work providers, Age UK.
In the last 6 months Yamna has achieved her level 1 in Maths and English and has embarked upon a level 2 traineeship. Having received such great results in a short space of time Yamna has developed in confidence and is now loud and proud about her achievements.
“I have a clearer idea of where I am heading now. I’ll get my level 2 in Maths and English and then hopefully progress towards a level 3. My ultimate ambition is to get a job as a Support Worker with children”.
“I remember feeling that I could have done so much better when I got my GCSE results. I felt ashamed and a bit like I had let everyone down. Since joining aspire2work I am now at Age UK and getting the support I need. My friends tell me that I have changed as I am so confident now. I get up in a morning and look forward to coming to class – we are like one big happy family and I love it here”!
- Yamna Ahmed, Aspire2work Student
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