Tim gained good GCSEs at school but pressure to do well in subsequent years saw him lose confidence and motivation and eventually lose interest in anything. Unemployed, he joined a Prince’s Trust programme in 2009, where he rebuilt his confidence and completed City & Guilds qualifications in Problem-Solving, Personal Development and Contributing to the Community. Tim completed work experience at Acorn Computer Recycling and further IT and general training, which led to permanent employment and progression to Shop Manager and Community Engagement Co-ordinator.
On a voluntary basis, Tim also provides computer training in the community, helps local businesses build their websites and, as a Community Learning Champion, has so far helped 40 people complete a computer course. In addition he is an Ambassador for the Prince’s Trust, giving presentations to raise awareness of their work. Tim said, “I want to carry on with my skills and training development programme and help promote the importance of learning to others and how it can turn your life around.”