Dean arrived at college with few formal qualifications but with years of experience of labouring on building sites. He was new to technology, found it daunting to use a computer and used a pen and paper for written tasks; but he could put his hand to many jobs in the building trade. Now, he feels confident using a computer in his role as site manager and is about to oversee a major contract. His opportunities have opened up since returning to college as an apprentice with Makers Construction and thanks to his ‘fantastic’ tutor Andy Stubbs.

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‘It’s changed me. I can do things. I am capable. Things that I thought I can’t do that, now I’ll give it a go. So it has changed me. Things are possible.’

Here is a short video in which Dean talks about his experience of transformational learning in further education.