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Your Norfolk Summer 2017

It’s never too late to learn

Firefighters Simon Field and Chris Fletcher

Going back to the classroom in your 30s or 40s might not be the easiest thing to do, but that’s exactly what retained firefighters Simon Field (above left) and Chris Fletcher (above right) did to help them achieve their dream of becoming full-time firefighters.

Needing GCSE English and maths to apply, as a first step they enrolled on Level 1 English with Norfolk Community Learning Services.

Chris said: “Having been diagnosed with dyslexia I was not looking forward to taking my English Level 1 and 2.

But from the start, my tutor made the class very welcoming for everyone.”

Simon also admitted to feeling anxious about returning to the classroom after 28 years: “If I’m honest, I felt a little scared about enrolling on an English course. I can’t believe I now look forward to the class. This course has helped me immensely, giving me the tools and confidence to help myself and others.”

Chris and Simon will go on to take GCSEs alongside applying to become full-time firefighters.

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