Denny, aged 18

Denny began on the Nacro Bolton Foundation Learning programme after being referred by the youth offending service. Denny didn’t attend statutory education for the last three years of school and had a Section 139a Learning Difficulty Assessment. While on the programme, Denny gained his first ever qualifications and after making his way through numerous levels he achieved level 2 functional skills in both English and maths. After leaving the programme, Denny started an apprenticeship in bricklaying and is currently working towards becoming a fully qualified builder.

Chloe, aged 17

Chloe, a care leaver, started on the Bolton Foundation Learning programme after being excluded from another Foundation Learning course. Chloe had attended that course for eight months and hadn’t achieved anything. While attending our Foundation Learning programme, Chloe created a CV, gained confidence and was given help to apply for apprenticeships. Within six weeks of attending the programme, Chloe was offered an intermediate apprenticeship in health and social care. She now works in an elderly people’s home.

Wade, aged 18

Wade started on our Bolton Foundation Learning programme after being excluded from both school and college. Wade had never engaged with education and was often involved in criminal activity. Over the year with us, Wade attended Crown Court three times. But eventually, Wade began to engage with our project and gained level 1 functional skills in both English and maths. After Wade completed the programme, he gained work as a warehouse apprentice for a local business.