Inspiring Stories

We hear so many amazing stories. Here are just a few:


‘Everyone has been really helpful & I really enjoyed my course. It was a good atmosphere. I got all the help & advice I needed & got to meet lots of different people’. – Bookkeeping Learner

A learner has found a job at a local shop. He had only been attending the job club for three weeks! – Job Club Learner

Experience made me feel motivated, relaxed and stress free. The tutor was amazing and very talented. Service is invaluable especially for depression, must continue! – Mixed Media Learner

“It met my expectation completely. The tutor was brilliant.” – Train-&-Grow Learner


Theresa Craven from Dorset, has won a South West England Tutor of the Year award by Learning & Work Institute for her outstanding achievement in adult learning and contribution to her local community. The Festival of Learning Awards showcase and celebrate the wonderful things that learning can achieve for individuals, families, communities and employers. Read Theresa’s full story here.

Paddington Bear Animator Takes an Interest In “Snugs The Snow Bear”

“Snugs the Snow Bear” is beginning to capture the hearts of people in America, and indeed folk all over the world. But, here is a surprise for you, since Snugs is a bear full of secrets and surprises!

I was given courage to go ahead and write even more books to the series than I had originally planned to do, when Sheila Graber, world-famous animator of the original Paddington, and animator of Rudyard Kipling’s “Just So Stories,” discussed with me the possibility of animating my book, and supported me with her wonderful generous comments. Through email and telephone conversations, she helped me, an unknown writer, have faith in my artistic integrity and ability. Sheila complimented me on the activities of my characters!

People who have followed me will know that I also have another series planned, “Florida Critters” a series of short stories about the animals I meet here in Florida, at home, and on my travels. I shared some of these stories with Sheila, and she seemed to admire the “gentle humour” in them.

So why did Sheila Graber take an interest in my work? Well just read “Snugs The Snow Bear,” and find out!


Christina Martin (Tina) lives locally to Skills & Learning’s Oakdale Centre and one day decided to walk into our centre to enquire about our courses. Tina enrolled on our Beauty Specialist Level 2 Diploma course and our Nail Technology Level 2 course and begun her journey into the world of beauty, which changed her life for the better. Read her full story here.

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