Personal circumstances meant Christine didn’t do well at school, despite her ability, but in 2002 she decided to return to education whilst working part-time as a cleaner and with a young family to support.
She started with pottery workshops, gaining OCN qualifications and then digital photography, mould making and plaster casting. Since then, she has studied OCR Levels 1 and 2 in Literacy, AS Level Art & Design, First Aid and Business Link courses to help her start a business.
Thanks to her dedication to learning, Christine is now employed as a school art technician, runs a part-time business and often teaches pottery classes to the local isolated rural community to ensure they have access to learning. At times, Christine has had to travel an 80-mile round trip to college, but she has persevered and is currently studying OCR Level 2 Numeracy and ‘Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector’ to help her to become a tutor.
“Returning to learning for me has opened so many new doors. I have made new friends, my confidence has grown so much that I am no longer afraid,” said Christine.