Testimonial one

There’s nothing like the Eureka moments that you get with Coursera, like when you grasp binary for the first time. I really like the platform, and the virtual teachers on it feel real, like you’re in a classroom with them. I really appreciate all the support that the PT delivers too, like when Neal (the volunteer) was explaining Network gates to someone else in the group, it gave me a good heads up when I started that module myself.

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Testimonial two

I am really enjoying the course so far; it’s challenging and making me focused and determined to apply myself and really study the core fundamentals in what it means to become an IT specialist. Coming into this course I had previously acquired knowledge via studies in college. But this has really opened my eyes and made me realise that IT is complex but also an exciting trade to have. My plans now that this course has reignited my passion and motivation for IT is to strive to become an IT specialist, specialising in Networking, hardware, and programming applications. I am grateful and appreciative I have been able to enrol on this amazing course and I look forward to completing the other assignments, thank you Google.

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Francis Edwards

Francis Edwards, 23 and from Leeds, found himself unsure what he wanted to do and where he should start to look for work after graduating from university.

“My main challenge was fairly common - deciding exactly what I want to do. Nobody prepares you for suddenly finishing education and having to make your own way. I was getting quite frustrated and impatient to be honest.”

Francis realised he was interested in jobs in IT and technology and found The Prince’s Trust Get Into: Business Technology programme, embarking on the 12-week online ‘Learn with Google’ IT Support Certificate.

I found the course challenging in a good way. I like how it is structured in a way that is easy to understand. The tutorial videos talk about very technical things; but explain them very simply. You don’t have to be an expert to understand them.

The hard work Francis put towards his IT Support Certificate paid off, and he was offered a fifteen-month paid Client Support Apprenticeship at the University of Leeds’s IT Department.

Ultimately, the programme has helped me find a job and a career path, which is fantastic. But also, it has been great for my mental health. Being on this programme has given me a sense of community."

I now volunteer for Leeds NHS with the CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) Volunteer Programme. As part of that group, I work to ensure patients are fully engaged and then feedback on proposed changes to the NHS services. I am also now volunteering for The Prince’s Trust’s programmes and I advise on their Youth Forum.

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