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Student travels more than 3,000 miles to train for dream career

A Hugh Baird College student has travelled over 3,000 miles to start a new life and to train towards gaining his dream career.

Mohammed Alnour arrived in the UK after his region in Sudan was sadly destroyed by the armed groups of the Janjaweed. Mohammed stayed in different refugee camps before arriving in the UK in early 2017. Once here, knew that he wanted to improve his English and gain skills to enable him to start a promising career. He therefore started at Hugh Baird College studying the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Entry 3 course and impressed his tutors with his English language ability and his work ethic.

After completing his first ESOL course, Mohammed progressed on to the ESOL Level 1 course and successfully completed exams in English speaking, listening and reading. This has enabled him to move forward to the attend Functional Skill classes in both Maths and English this September.

Mohammed’s efforts were recognised by the College in the annual Students of the Year Awards Ceremony where he was awarded the title of Hugh Baird College ESOL Student of the Year for his outstanding dedication to his course.

On completion of his GSCEs, Mohammed hopes to enrol on the Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Professional Construction and the Built Environment course. This course will give him the skills to fulfil his dream of working in the field of construction management.

Jennifer Wilson, Hugh Baird College ESOL Lecturer, said:

Mohammed was the natural choice for the ESOL Student of the Year Award. He is an extremely polite, conscientious and diligent individual and always tries his best in class. He is also always there to help his classmates. He has overcome so much to get where he is today and we are confident that with his dedication he will achieve his goals.

Mohammed added:

My journey to the UK was very long, difficult and dangerous. I travelled to Libya and then through Europe to the UK. I received my indefinite leave to remain in June 2017 and I have never looked back. I decided to start my new life in Liverpool and I have been working hard to improve my English ever since. My goal is to go to university and train to become a Construction Manager. I have really enjoyed studying at Hugh Baird College and I was over the moon to win the award for ESOL Student of the Year.

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