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"As a result of choosing the wrong path and wasting the first part of my adult life in and out of prison I can truly say ‘I’ve been there, done that and got the t-shirt’. On the last six months of my sentence I was given the opportunity to work within Wandle Valley School through a local prison on a day licence. Once I was released from prison I was then employed full time by the school to carry out maintenance on site. This role gave me the confidence to ‘make the jump’ into the plastering trade working for a local tradesman. After six years of then being self-employed, with what I had experienced at Wandle Valley I felt my skills learnt could be utilised by supporting those young people I had worked with and encouraging them into making the right choices and work towards a brighter future. I am now the Director and qualified Instructor of SILC Training which has now been established since 2008 with the support of all the local schools and PRU’s in surrounding boroughs."
‘Teaching today’s trades for tomorrow’s future’.
"I am a previous student who was referred through Stanley Park High School in year 10. Since leaving SILC I have gained my Level One, Level Two and Level Three City & Guilds Plastering Diploma at Nescot College. I have worked as an Instructor at SILC Training since qualifying at Nescot and I have completed Level 4 PTTLS Award in (Preparing to Teach in The Long Life Learning Sector). Having been a previous student myself I know how much of a struggle it is when you become disengaged with any form of education. Using my personal experiences I want to support young people in developing their strengths and their preparation/ transition into higher education and the working world."
Instructor/ Designated Safeguarding Leader and First Aider
Instructor / Emergency First Aider / Head of City and Guilds
"I am a previous student who was referred to SILC Training from Harris Academy Merton at the start of Year 9. When I first joined SILC Training I wasn’t attending and I had every excuse there was. In the end I run out of excuses to use and I realised the chance SILC Training was offering me. I took the opportunity I had in front of me and it was the best thing I did. In my time at SILC Training I achieved my Extended Certificate in City and Guilds and learnt many other skills. I have now successfully gained an apprenticeship with Nescot College while working at SILC Training and look forward to help those in a similar position I found myself in. "