Connor Stevenson, Apprentice Youth Worker at Raise the Youth Foundation, has been Highly Commended by both the Association of Colleges and the National Apprenticeship Service.
Connor, who completed a Level 3 Apprenticeship in Teaching & Learning Specialist Support for Schools, was nominated for AoC Student of the Year and the National Apprenticeship Awards after being identified by Bolton College as an exceptional apprentice.
Connor’s work with Raise has included working with vulnerable young people (including gang members, ex-offenders, substance abusers and looked-after children) to enable them to make positive changes to their lives. After being referred to Raise the Youth as a service user, Connor volunteered at the organisation for over two years and was then given the opportunity to complete an Apprenticeship.
If a learner is proving difficult to motivate, he engages them through music, which then focuses them to work on their functional skills. It also provides them with a platform on which to express themselves in a healthy way.xx
Further to his work with the young people in the music studio, Connor has also worked to encourage amateur musicians to showcase their talent and work towards becoming professional by recording their own material.
Connor said: “I used to get into trouble with the police but this Apprenticeship has given my life stability, so to get national recognition from the Association of Colleges and the National Apprenticeship Service is just amazing. This whole experience has helped me realise my goal: to help young people channel their emotions through music. I’d love to be a Music Teacher one day.”