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Gypsy Watt’s Story

8 Jun 2021

Gypsy left school having attended an alternative provision as she struggled in mainstream school and classroom environments with few qualifications to her name. She started with Springboard in August 2020 on a summer recovery programme aimed at developing her personal and social skills alongside working towards her English GCSE resit. Throughout the summer Gypsy continued to show progression in her personal and social skills and, with knowledge gained from the recovery programme, she was able to make an informed decision to move onto a care qualification at Springboard.

Since starting the care qualification Gypsy continued to grow and has found the perfect vocational area for her. She has been on a work experience placement in a local school nursery and gained invaluable knowledge and skills whilst doing theory work in the centre. Gypsy will start a Level 2 care course this month which, come to the end of it, will see her become a qualified care assistant and is also going to resit her GCSE English.

Gypsy said: “When I first started at Springboard I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my future. I came to Springboard and did some work with the tutors and they supported me to figure out what I wanted to do with my future. I moved onto the Health and Social Care programme and now I’ve got 2 assessments left to do and then moving onto my level 2. I have also gained work experience in a school placement which I organised myself. I didn’t really have the confidence at the start of Springboard, but the Springboard staff have supported me to develop my confidence and enjoy the course, without Springboard I wouldn’t be the person I am today.”

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