Educational Excellence: Jack Stevens’ Story

16-year-old Jack Stevens always harboured a dream of pursuing a career that would make a positive difference in people’s lives. Despite facing challenges in the classroom while growing up, he was determined to become the mentor he lacked during his own childhood.

Joining the Itec Jobs Growth Wales+ programme, Jack initially struggled to absorb information conventionally but found his stride through hands-on learning experiences. He started a Level 2 qualification in Learning Support and Teaching and a placement was arranged for Jack at his previous school. This gave a structure to Jack’s daily life, providing him with a routine that supported his mental health and gave him a sense of purpose.

His role as a Teaching Assistant at Red Rose school solidified Jack’s path towards his desired career. His ambition is to attain a teaching degree and work full-time with children who have additional learning needs in a primary school setting.

Jack’s journey through the Jobs Growth Wales+ programme underscores his dedication to personal and professional growth, showcasing his clear goals within the education sector.

Reflecting on his experience with the Jobs Growth Wales+ programme, Jack expressed, “My time at Itec opened my eyes to the possibility of shaping my future and excelling at it. School used to be a daunting place for me until I gained insight into the perspective of teachers. I now understand how I wished to be taught, and I’m eager to leverage my journey to assist others like me and adapt to their unique learning needs.”