Steve has worked in engineering for most of his life and came to Catch22, a charity that supports young people, to train as a volunteer mentor for young people who are in difficult situations. During two and a half years mentoring he has achieved a huge amount of personal and professional development. In his professional life he had already gained a range of qualifications, including training and certification in Auditing and Quality Assurance, City & Guilds in Computer Aided Design and HETAS (solid fuel advisory) certification.
His learning in the voluntary sector, supported by the European Social Fund, has included initial training in Mentoring, Alcohol and Drugs Awareness, Financial Awareness, and Advanced BTEC Certificate in Mentoring. He has just started a Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) course. He also runs a football team for Catch22, and has obtained FA Level 1 Certificate in Football Coaching and FA Age-Appropriate coaching.
His commitment to learning inspires his young mentees. “It has opened so many doors for me and the more knowledge I get, the greater my enthusiasm for life becomes,” he says.