When Samantha Cleverdon found herself out of work, she knew she needed to take action to improve her prospects.
The 34-year-old visited West Suffolk College’s Leap Centre in Sudbury and, after achieving some IT qualifications, was back in a job.
“I knew the Leap Centre would be the place to come to better my skills and make me more employable,” said Samantha, who has a young family.
“I chose the centre in Sudbury as it is local and the staff there are brilliant.”
Having previously completed a maths course at the centre, Samantha completed an IT course.
She said learning later in life made her realise that she should have applied herself more when at school, instead of leaving at the age of 16 with a less than satisfactory set of GCSE results.
“In my more mature years, I have developed a real passion for learning and helping other people,” said Samantha.
“I wish I could go back and have a word with my 16-year-old self.”
She added that having first approached the Leap centre four years ago, she is now looking forward to starting a counselling course later this month.
“I am extremely grateful to my tutors for helping me fulfil my potential,” said Samantha.
Linda Durrant, a tutor at the centre, said Samantha was a model student.
“She enjoyed learning and, with each session, I could see her confidence growing,” she said.