Learner case study: Jamie Quinn

Thursday, October 12 2017

Each month we ask our graduates to fill out a survey to let us know what they’re up to since they completed their course and one lucky person is drawn to win a prize of £50 in shopping vouchers.

It’s an amazing opportunity to get your hands on some ‘wonga’ – if you’re a CT Skills graduate you can fill in the survey here or let our customer service team know how you’re getting on and you can be in with a chance of winning.

September’s winner of the shopping vouchers was Jamie Quinn (22) from Nottingham who completed a maths functional skills course with us in July 2017. 

After leaving school with what he describes as “very disappointing” GCSE grades – particularly in English and maths – Jamie became convinced that his grades defined him and his expectations in life.

He followed his friends to college and signed onto courses he wasn’t interested in. He says that was a major mistake.

Working in a number of different jobs over the last six years, Jamie had “lost his way” and didn’t enjoy any of them.

After leaving his job at a well-known fast food restaurant, Jamie was advised by a work coach to look into starting an apprenticeship.

He came to CT Skills when he was told he could not do his ideal apprenticeship without first achieving a level 2 qualification in maths. 

“I’ve never been very good at maths and I’ve never had a teacher who would teach me properly in a way I’d understand.

“When I came to CT Skills, my tutor calmed me down and went through everything with me and she made sure she didn’t move on until I’d got it.

“I never had anyone like that before.” 

Jamie passed his exam at the first time of asking within around three weeks.

“I really want to thank everything my tutor Marie and the rest of the CT Skills team did for me to help me overcome a massive obstacle. My classmates were so supportive of each other too,” he said. 

“I’m now doing an apprenticeship in IT that I’ve always wanted to do. And I’ve passed a maths qualification that I never thought I’d do.”

Two weeks into his apprenticeship, Jamie is “loving it”. He’s already programmed his first mobile phone and he’s enjoying being able to show his passion and ambition in a job he loves.

Jamie’s advice to people who have maybe lost their way is: “If I can do it, you can too.

“It might take you a long time to find your way and get to where you want to be but never give up – and go to CT Skills!”

If you’re looking to start an apprenticeship or to simply improve your skills, like Jamie did, then CT Skills could be for you. Give us a call on 0115 9599 544 or email

By Jarrad Johnson, PR & Communications Executive