Teresa Jackson: following the path to success

Teresa Jackson has lived in Lambeth most of her life and moved to Tulse Hill about a year ago. After a varied career, she had to stop working due to ill health. Once her health improved, she started thinking about her skills and future job opportunities. Her brother and nephew suggested she should contact High Trees.

After an initial assessment, it was decided to start Teresa on an Entry Level 3 ICT course to help her get back into the swing of things. Teresa got the right support and encouragement straight away from tutor Jackie, working at the right pace with tasks to suit her level. Since that first course, Teresa hasn’t looked back!

On completion of her ICT course, Teresa was motivated to enrol and complete The Art of Confident Speaking and Award in Education and Training courses at High Trees. Her tutor then referred her on to MI Skills Development Centre where she got qualifications in Level 1 English and Entry 3 Maths.

Teresa’s confidence has really grown. She says, “The skills I learned in Word, Excel and using the Internet have helped me to complete my work and achieve my qualifications.”

She is currently doing a Start Your Own Enterprise course with Tree Shepherd and Morley College and hopes to set up her own advisory service called PEARL (Parent, emotional aid, re-evaluate learning). This service will be aimed at providing support to parents whose children are offending, and provide intervention before it escalates. This is an idea inspired by the memory of her late mother Pearl.

Teresa said, “I’ve had the idea in my mind for a long time but now I have the skills to make it happen.

With her new skills, Teresa is really energised and enthusiastic about the potential of her business idea. She is now busy looking for funding and a workspace to get PEARL up and running, as well as making links with the local community. She is about to start the next level Excel course at High Trees, which will develop her skills further and eventually help her to develop her client database once PEARL gets off the ground. When reflecting back on everything she has been through since leaving her job, Teresa still remembers what her mother told her: “everything happens for a reason.