Mark’s involvement with Merseylearn goes back a few years working mainly 1-2-1 with Merseylearn tutor Julie Mooney, to increase his confidence and build functional skills in Literacy, Numeracy and ICT. Working as a Domestic Cleaner with Merseytravel, Mark was approached by his Unison Union Learning Rep about free learning opportunities.
“I hated reading at school; I was a ‘slow’ reader in a big class. I didn’t get much attention and I didn’t enjoy reading at all. I left school with no qualifications. As an adult, I went to a local college to improve my Math’s, but I still didn’t feel comfortable about reading and writing.”
The relaxed long-term and non-judgmental support offered by Merseylearn works well for Mark. In 2013, he achieved Level 1 in Functional English with his reading confidence improving to such an extent that The Reading Agency used him as a case study on their website.
Mark continues to demonstrate a passion for self-improvement and is now working towards a Level 2 Functional Skills in maths. He is using Learn My Way to improve his work related ICT skills gaining self-confidence adding value within his small tight knitted team. Mark’s enthusiasm for learning has encouraged others to approach Merseylearn and build their own skills.
Mark’s tutor Julie Mooney summed up Mark’ achievements “Mark’s learning journey is all about the distance he has travelled, using informal methods such as the 6 Book Challenge and Quick Reads. Mark is a pleasure to work with, always willing to take those small steps towards his learning goal”.