Learner Story – Laurent Grimonpont

(Written by Community Learning at Morley, Edited and Published by Lambeth Adult Learning)

My name is Laurent and I am 32 years old. As a child I always had a smile on my face and really enjoyed life.

Four years ago, I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety. I was overworking to support my family, my relationship broke up and I was prevented from seeing my son. At the time it felt that everything was against me and I would be stuck in a dark place. There were days I could not physically move.

I worked on rehabilitating myself, going to groups, seeing a councillor, training at a gym, eating healthier, etc. I was then able to talk to a careers adviser about my future. I have always enjoyed sharing my knowledge with others, teaching people how to play musical instruments as well as helping others with their English, ICT and French. I even taught my blind uncle how to use a laptop.

Teaching and helping others has always been something I have found rewarding, but I didn’t have any formal ICT or teaching qualifications. My adviser helped me to find Level 1 ICT and Award in Education courses at High Trees which I completed successfully. I then searched for Level 2 ICT which led me to MI Skills.

My ICT tutor, Azzad Ahmed, supported me through the Level 2 and encouraged me onto a Level 3 Computer Engineering course which I have now almost completed. I also did English at Level 2 and was given the opportunity to work on the Lambeth Adult Learning newsletter.

Azzad and my other tutor, Muhammad, suggested I apply for a volunteering position as a way into teaching which I did. Since August 2020, I have delivered inductions to new learners at MI Skills, supported ICT tutors to set up their classrooms to ensure that we are Covid-safe, supported staff with ICT issues and helped tutors to ensure online classes can take place. I also help out at reception, contacting learners, updating information on booking system and supporting with general enquiries.

I appreciate all the support from the team at MI. It is a comfortable environment, everyone has been welcoming and it is a safe place to learn and work. Volunteering at MI is helping me to move closer to my long-term goal to become a full-time teacher by giving me the experience that I am currently having.

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