Lee Bagshaw – Functional Skills Maths & English
‘I first went to MaTReC in the autumn of 2013 after hearing about the organisation from one of my neighbours. He know that I was suffering with health problems and he thought that it would do me the world of good, as not only would I be mixing again with other adults but also improving my confidence and low self- esteem.
After contemplating the idea I decided that I had nothing to lose but everything to gain and by attending, not only did I have the chance to get back to the old Lee that people once knew, but I would also be enhancing my job prospects and working towards gaining qualifications.
I decided that I would be interested in studying English and computer courses, after plucking up the courage I telephoned MaTReC for more details. My call was answered in a polite and friendly manner and it was agreed that I would come to enrol on a set date and time for an initial test to see what stage I was at on my learning journey. After my test for both subjects it was found that I would be starting at level 1 in English and ICT for beginner’s computer course.
Within a short space of time my confidence had really started to flourish and I was really enjoying studying again, so much so that I had progressed to the next levels and enrolled on another course for Maths.
Since starting in September 2013 I have achieved qualifications at levels 1 and 2 in English and Maths, ICT for beginners and also level 1 ITQ Award. I have decided that I would like to put my qualifications to good use as I would like to find some sort of career in teaching. I came to this conclusion after recently completing two teaching assistant courses at a Primary school and helping lower level learners in class at MaTReC prior to that.
I can honestly say that I have really enjoyed the MaTReC experience, so much that I would recommend the organisation to everyone, as nothing is too much trouble for the staff, they all offer fantastic help and support.
If you are looking to improve your health, job prospects or even to gain more knowledge in order to help your children with their homework, then MaTReC is the place to be.