When talented rapper and musician Ben decided he wanted a career in producing and performing music, he realised formal qualifications would help him achieve his goal.
With barriers to overcome from a difficult childhood in care and criminal convictions, Ben attended regular mentoring sessions at Learning Links and enrolled on a Skills for Life course. With the hope of gaining a place on a Music Technology course in 2010, Ben is currently working towards a Level 2 qualification in English.
Nominator, Samantha, said of Ben, “He is working extremely hard to overcome his barriers and achieve his goals. He has turned his life around and is a fantastic inspiration to young people who are beginning to take the wrong path in life.”
Ben is already seeing the benefits of learning and said, “Due to my English course, my English has now improved and I have been able to read things that I was previously unable to.” Ben also hopes to do voluntary work with young people to share his story and make a difference to their lives.