Tyrese Williams

Return to Learning Award | Sponsored by City Lit


Return to Learning Award

Tyrese found school extremely challenging and left without any GCSEs. Everything changed with her referral to First Steps to Learning course at Buckinghamshire Adult Learning, a course aimed at developing English, maths and digital skills for young parents. 

I was told at the Jobcentre that I would have a better chance at getting a job if I had maths and English qualifications. My kids really motivated me: I wanted to become the best version of myself for them and prove that even though I decided to settle down and have a family, I can still be successful.  

Returning to learning has made a massive difference to my life. I suffer with depression and anxiety, but studying online with other people helped me relax and feel comfortable. The courses have made me realise I’m actually quite smart, so that has helped with my self-esteem. I find it much easier now to talk to people and socialise, and when I’m stuck on something I know I can ask for help.  

Passing my Level 1 and 2 Functional Skills English and Maths has made my family very proud of me. I feel more confident about getting a job and know I’ll be able to help the kids out with their homework when they’re older. By achieving the qualifications I’ve worked hard for, I hope to show what amazing things mums can do whilst raising kids. 

Tessa Murray, a tutor at Buckinghamshire Adult Learning, said: “Despite the challenges of learning online at the same time as looking after a small child at home, Tyrese made incredible progress with the support and encouragement of her family network. Tyrese started to recognise her own abilities and believe in her herself. She is an incredible role model to her peers, children and wider family.”