Ben used work experience to grow his confidence

Ben selling products on ASPIRE stall

Ben, 19 from Plymouth, looks back at his three years at RNC and how the skills he learnt has helped him to prepare for his future. This summer he achieved BTEC Level 1 in Land Based Studies and BTEC Level 1 in Information Technology. Ben also studied a horticulture course whilst completing his work experience.


‘The teaching at RNC was different – it’s a lot more practical, not just in a classroom. In my time there I think I developed a lot, and my work experience was really useful.


‘In my weekly work experience I was working with the maintenance team practicing skills such as drilling, sawing wood, tarmacing pot holes, woodwork and putting up fences. I also helped manage the garden where we grew our own flowers and vegetables, and then sold them to members of the public.’


Ben also secured a two week work experience placement at Dartmoor Zoo in Plymouth.


‘This was brilliant. I have always been an outdoorsy person so have always liked the idea of working outside, and especially somewhere like this. I used the opportunity to work hard and try and impress them. I hope to volunteer with them again soon and it would be great if that could lead to work.’


‘In college I was been able to focus on improving job skills. I have a CV and was able to practice things like job applications and job interviews. I feel ready to start looking for work and have applied for a few different things.’


When asked how he has changed since he first started RNC, Ben said:


‘I am more confident now, I can talk to more people and I’ve got a good friendship group – my parents say they’ve noticed that I’m more independent because I can do stuff on my own.’


Ben is currently putting his new-found confidence and independence into practice, having moved into his own house.


‘The house needs a bit of work doing to it, like decorating and gardening, but I really enjoy doing it. I have helped fit a new kitchen and bathroom, and I am really looking forward to getting the garden how I want it.


‘I have also started playing football with Plymouth Argyle Disability Team. We train every Wednesday and I played in my first tournament last week. I am really enjoying it and have made new friends.’


Just this week Ben received some exciting news: ‘I applied for a voluntary position at a warehouse for a charity, and I got it! I start this Friday.’


Everyone at RNC wishes Ben all the best for his future!

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