Ali came to England from Sudan as a refugee aged 16 in September 2016 and initially lived at Rose Lodge in Hartlepool for 6 months. He was referred to us by Hartlepool Through Care Team, became a Community Campus tenant in 2017 and continued living in Hartlepool with help and guidance from our Support Manager Louise Morton.
Ali didn’t speak English when he arrived in the country, so he started learning the language and passed ESOL Levels 1, 2 and 3. Ali also acted as a volunteer translator for families coming into Hartlepool who needed help. He studied GCSE Maths and English and BTEC Electrical Engineering at Hartlepool College for three years. After completing his BTEC and GCSEs, he joined the Aviation Academy in September to study Aircraft Maintenance Engineering at Newcastle Airport.
We are very proud of Ali and look forward to hearing how his career takes off in the future!
Thanks to BBC Radio Tees for covering Ali’s inspirational story this morning. To listen click on the link to Gary’s show and go to 13:17 – 14:04 mins in to hear Louise from Campus chatting to Gary and again at 18:39 – 27:50 to listen to the full interview with Ali.