Alex’s story

Alex is 21 years old and a day student in his third year at College. When Alex first started here, he found it difficult to work in a team and listen to others. We supported him to understand rules for social interaction and body language, to give him the skills and confidence to work alongside other students. He now also attends a weekly work placement at Hobbycraft.

I enjoy setting the arty things up – putting out the ribbon, wool and canvases onto the shelves. I take a break at lunchtime and I can choose where I go to eat. I feel like I have more independence."

Alex, student

Over the last two years the difference we have seen in Alex has been amazing.  His eye contact, ability to initiate conversation and body language have all improved, giving him more confidence in his daily communication with other people. He has learnt to take directions and to understand that everyone works in different ways.

Alex enjoys art and model building so we helped him to identify these interests and develop related skills. He joined our Young Enterprise team as a graphic designer, where he creates beautiful illustrations and artwork for the team’s mug production business, Mugzy.  The improvements in his social skills have even led him to take on a mentoring role where he helps new students with technical aspects of the business such as learning to use the mug manufacturing machine.

Alex has also progressed to attending a weekly work placement at Hobbycraft in Guiseley, near to his home area. A member of Henshaws staff supported Alex for the first two weeks, after which time he was able to attend independently.

employability work experience hobbycraft

Through learning to develop his social and technical skills through real work experience on campus, Alex is now able to access the real world of work. He is looking forward to a positive future.

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