Adam Pasalar, 18 and from West Heath is a current Supported Internship student who has won an award that will be presented at the college’s flagship Apprenticeship evening in early March.
Supported Internships are designed for learners aged 16-18 with a SEND (special educational needs and disabilities plan) or for those with an EHCP (education, health and care plan), up to age 24.
Since last September, Adam has spent four days a week in college and works one day a week at placement, valeting cars in the Marks and Spencer car park in Longbridge.
Stacey Tanner, Adam’s Personal Tutor and Work & Job Coach explained why he was nominated for the award, “Adam has always turned up in all weathers and never gives up. He works hard and has grown in confidence, despite personal difficulties. Nothing is ever too much trouble and he helps his class mates.”
Adam was excited to come to college as it is bigger and different to school. He particularly likes that there is no uniform to wear at college.
“Coming to college makes me happy.” Adam said. “I’m loving what I am learning and my writing has improved a lot as I’m getting lots of support. I also like when we work in teams, such as when we created a poster about supported internships.
“My mum is really proud of me for what I have achieved. My confidence has grown through speaking to customers, because I was quite shy at first. My biggest challenge is when a queue starts to build, as some customers become impatient.”
For more information on our Supported Learning courses, visit www.sccb.ac.uk/courses/supported-learning