Kerri Ince teaches young adults with additional learning needs at Cardiff and Vale College.
Many of her learners are at entry level or level 1 and require support for personal development to make a transition from college into work.
Kerri’s role at the College has been instrumental in the successful launch of Project SEARCH, a flagship diversity and inclusion programme in Barry, which provides supported internship opportunities for post-16 learners with autism and additional learning needs.
Currently based in a host business, at Dow Silicones, Kerri gives her learners the space to develop their soft and employability skills, enabling them to become independent and confident individuals to dispel their fears and anxieties in the workplace.
The success of the programme also relies on developing the skills and confidence of the host business mentors. Since the programme inception, Kerri’s supported 64 managers and mentors working with over 70 interns across a variety of departments at Dow Silicones and Cardiff University.
Kerri’s approach to tutoring and mentoring reinforces the importance of empowering people to unlock their own potential, impacting their whole family and their wider network, including social workers, housing, and other community link workers.
Kerri has faced struggles in her own life too, she says, “I’ve had to overcome many personal challenges including a cancer diagnosis, but I’m post treatment now and coming back to work has given me the focus and energy to continue making a difference.”
Kerri thrives to be a role model for all her learners, by creating a learning environment that meets individual’s needs which require various aids and adaptations that are stimulating, inspiring, practical, and true to life.
“Supporting someone along a path that they aspire to, and focusing on what they CAN do, allows me to send out the message that learning does not stop at school, learning is for life, and everyone deserves a second chance, regardless of their academic and developmental level.”