Ken Barker

European Social Fund Regional Awards
London

When a change in Ken’s working hours in 2008 meant he was unable to continue his job as an ICT technician with the NHS, Ken’s family suggested that he should become a teacher.

Despite a lack of GCSEs or A-Levels, Ken discovered a vocational route and enrolled on a course to gain an NCFE Level 3 Award in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools in June 2009. As part of the ESF-funded course, Ken started a work placement in a school, where he soon became the ICT learning support assistant.

He later completed a higher-level teaching assistant course for mathematics, and has since been appointed as a maths specialist at the school. “I am very proud of my achievements and my family, as without their assistance and foresight I would never have taken the course to change direction. I would never have entered the challenging but rewarding world of education and be building myself this exciting new career,” said Ken. “I have pointed family and friends to adult learning courses, as it has changed my way of thinking and hopefully will change theirs.”

Award Winner - Ken Barker
“I have pointed family and friends to adult learning courses, as it has changed my way of thinking and hopefully will change theirs.”
Ken Barker, 2010 Award Winner