Szy’s story

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Szy is a care leaver who didn’t get a Maths qualification whilst he was at school. At 22 he was very aware that not having his Maths GCSE was holding him back in life.

He first spotted our advert in the foyer of his housing block. It came at the right time for him and at the end of 2021 he joined Rendezvous Yeovil.

Szy started working with Mike, one of our volunteer tutors. The two got on well and Mike motivated him to work even harder. “Mike, my tutor, was always extremely patient and very flexible – when I got a full-time job a few months ago we moved to online evening learning. That made me want to succeed even more and I started working really hard doing test papers and extra work.”

His hard work paid off and Szy has now passed his nationally accredited Pearsons’ Level 2 Functional Skills Maths which is equivalent to a GCSE pass. “I couldn’t believe it when I got the email to say I had passed. This is genuinely going to open so many doors for me. It is absolutely wonderful. I am so happy!”.

The pass means he will be enrolling onto a college degree course in social care through his job as a support worker with Discovery and Dimensions. “Without the maths qualification that would be impossible”, Szy said. “It was the fact that it was face-to-face and one-to-one that attracted me – and it was free for my age.

I would say to anyone, if you’re ready to help yourself, Rendezvous tutors will help you.”

We are proud of him and his achievements and wish him the very best for his new future.

We are also extremely grateful to Mike for his dedication to our learning programme and the young people he tutors. Because of his willingness to be flexible and tutor online in the evenings he ensured that Szy was able to keep learning despite having a full time job. Thank you!

Note: names and images have NOT been changed. Szy is proud of his success and happy to share.