Matthew Davis

European Social Fund Outstanding Learner of the Year Award
West Midlands

Matthew had a challenging start to life; he left school without qualifications, served a prison sentence at an early age and became a user of drugs and alcohol. It was when he became a father that he realised things had to change. As part of an ESF-funded training programme, he was referred to ‘Steps to Work’ and began work experience at Wolverhampton’s branch, helping other job seekers in a similar position to himself. Matthew wanted to improve his prospects and showed a passion for working with people, so it was an ideal placement. Matthew completed an NVQ Level 1 in Business Administration and said, “I completed my NVQ portfolio within a few weeks as I had the determination and drive to complete it so I could start my next level.”

He is now half-way through an NVQ Level 3 in Advice and Guidance and is hoping to enrol on a Masters degree course in Business Administration in 2010. “I feel my life has turned around. Prior to all this I was always involved in fights and trouble, but now all I want to do is make a difference, not just to myself but others too. I hope that I am setting an example to others who have had challenges like myself,” ended Matthew.