“Without the skills centre I wouldn’t be where I am”

Brogan was referred to the School Links programme as he was struggling with class-based learning whilst in high school.

The School Links programme offers year 10 and 11 pupils the opportunity to gain a broader insight into the working world. People can learn practical skills for the trade industry, as well as get a greater understanding of how a real business operates.

For four days a week throughout his final two years of high school, Brogan attended the Liberate Skills Centre in Salford to complete his qualification.

He found that the practical style of learning was more suited to his needs, and especially enjoyed the challenge of joinery.

After his hard work and dedication during the School Links programme, Brogan was offered a joinery apprenticeship with Liberty.

For one day a week he’s attending college to further his wood working skills and to achieve his Maths and English qualifications.

Brogan said: “Since starting my apprenticeship, my confidence and independence has really grown.

Sticking to my work hours and being at college has helped me improve my time keeping and I’m really enjoying learning my trade. It’s nice to be earning money now as well, which allows me to buy tools and clothes.

Without the Skills Centre I would not be where I am”.