Developing an interest in the sector whilst working with young people at Blaydon RFC and passionate about helping people with learning disabilities to have a voice in society and achieve their potential, David secured a job as a Support Worker at Dilston College.
Whilst working there, he heard about the higher education opportunities at the college and how a professional qualification could help him progress in his career.
David went on to become a Learning Support Worker at Dilston College, which provides further education for young people with learning disabilities, where he learned about the opportunity to study HE at Gateshead College. He enrolled on the Foundation Degree to enable his progression within the health and social care sector.
“I heard great things about Gateshead College because of the partnership they have with Dilston College. They have a really strong reputation for delivering excellent health and social care programmes and I wanted to progress my career so I enrolled on the Foundation Degree part time, which was ideal as it allowed me to continue with work.
“I’ve found the course to be really hands on and what I’m learning can easily be applied in the workplace. The modules in assessment methods have helped me to interact with social workers and understand how we can work together for the best outcome.”
David also found the level of flexibility and support has helped him with his studies. “The support I’ve received in my studies has been great; the teaching team are knowledgeable and are always happy to be
flexible around my work commitments. I’ve also had fantastic personal support; the teaching team identified that I had Dyslexia, something I wasn’t aware of, and helped arrange financial support for me which was a great help.”