David Smith

Level 1 Career Development Pathway 2020

Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Business 2022

School: The Meadows School, Leek

Age: 23

Next step: Complete Open University business and computing course

Ambition: Work in business sector

“My Level 1 course prepared me well for the move up to the Level 3 Business Diploma. I enjoy computing and I was supported to gain more skills. I was also involved in group activities and discussions which helped me grow in confidence and independence.

“My tutors were great. They encouraged me to aim high but I never felt pressurised and I achieved more than I thought possible. When I completed my Level 3 business course I won the most dedicated student award, which made me very proud.

“I’ve now finished the first year of my Open University course and I’m gaining experience by helping in my Dad’s company. I also enjoy volunteering for Mencap – a role which Reaseheath set up for me.

“The best thing about being a college student was that we had fun while learning. I liked the daily routine, but I also enjoyed making new friends and hanging out with my group.”