Amy Kendall, a 17-year-old from Leeds, wins ‘Classroom Learning Progression of the Year’ 2021 at this year’s Central YMCA Apprenticeship Awards.
Amy was home schooled from the age of 14. She left school with no qualifications, lacked confidence, struggled to speak to people and become anxious when around new people or in groups. At the end of Year 11, Amy applied for college and was pleased to be accepted. However, this broke down on the very first day as Amy found that she couldn’t cope with the large classroom environment.
Amy came to Central YMCA on a Study Programme, which offered an alternative to ‘traditional’ FE education. With a programme of studies that is tailored around individual needs – and supportive tutors – Amy has made huge progress. A shy, quiet girl, who lacked in confidence, Amy has shown determination and the desire to succeed; all she needed was belief.