Shiraz first started learning in prison and passed certificates in Health & Hygiene, First Aid and Heart Start. On his release, he completed Levels 1 and 2 in English and Level 1 in Maths.
However, he found himself in trouble with the law again and was given a suspended sentence and probation order. Shiraz saw the probation order as an opportunity to continue the learning he had started, as he wanted to provide a better future for his wife and four children. Shiraz completed two courses in construction, juggling them with family life and 100 hours of unpaid work for his probation order.
He is now studying full-time to complete a plumbing course and a Level 2 in maths. “As an adult learner I have felt very at ease with my learning experience,” said Shiraz. “I am looking to the future and can see the positive outcomes for myself and my family. My goal is to be employed.”