When Jonathon went to live independently in sheltered housing he was encouraged by support staff to enrol on a Ready for Work course at Oaklands College, to help him get a job. Jonathan was keen on a career in care and started a work placement at Oaklands College supporting learners with disabilities. He then studied on a level 1 Health and Social Care course and, as part of the Transition to Employment Program, also undertook another work placement at Greenacres Residential Home for the elderly, where he excelled and was offered a parttime job. Supported by his employer, Jonathon is due to start studying a BTEC in Dementia Care and NVQ2 Social Care qualification. His achievements are all the more outstanding due to him having overcome dyslexia and a slight physical disability.
Jonathon is now enjoying independent living and supporting himself, with future plans to study at university. “I hope that in time, with more experience and further qualifications, I will be able to make a real difference to the lives of people who are less able than myself,” he concluded.