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Inspiring Stories

Our mission is to inspire young people to succeed. Please visit our YouTube Channel to watch more people talk about our work with schools for young people.

Alex Young

Former British Army soldier Alex Young is using his skills to inspire children and young people in Huddersfield and other parts of Yorkshire to succeed. The 27-year-old SkillForce instructor works with pupils at Ashbrow School in Huddersfield, amongst others, to help them develop grit and resilience. Alex said: “I learnt so much from being in [...]

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Nikki Laker

Former Army Cadet Force Adult Instructor Nikki Laker is using her skills to inspire and motivate children and young people in the North East. Nikki says, “I received so much military training and experience as a child, then later as an instructor I achieved so many things: I completed the Nijmegen marches, was educated about [...]

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Chris Peacock

Chris Peacock is using skills he gained in the RAF to deliver character and resilience training programmes to children and young people. He was part of the Senior Ranks in the RAF before he left to become a full-time reservist. He has been working for SkillForce since the 1st January 2016. “I thought I would [...]

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Rik Corrigan

Rik Corrigan is an ex-Services RAF Regiment Gunner who has been using his skills to inspire children and young people for the last 10 years.  After leaving the military Rik was introduced to SkillForce by an Area Manager, who had also served in the RAF. “I was invited over for a week of experience and [...]

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Beth Wilson, Wharton Primary School

Beth Wilson, an ex-Services Combat Engineer, volunteered with SkillForce for eight months before moving onto the government-funded ‘Troops to Teachers’ programme at Wharton Primary School in Salford. Beth joined the Army when she was 16, rising to a Reconnaissance Sergeant. Over her 14 years of service, she gained NVQs in vehicle and plant maintenance and [...]

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Aiden was part of a two year SkillForce programme, working with SkillForce for one day per week. The school engaged with SkillForce to support a number of learners, who for a range of reasons, found school to be a challenging time in their lives. The learners worked with SkillForce to develop their character, building confidence [...]

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Barron Jones

Barron Jones is now an exemplary student at Saddleworth school, but it was not always the case. After struggling with attendance, punctuality and academic achievement between Years 7 and 9, so much so that he was at risk of exclusion at one point, Barron was placed with SkillForce instructors Gareth Makin and Darren Taylor in [...]

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Ellie and Josh

Ellie and Josh are from Acklam Grange School, Middlesborough and were involved in our Back on Track Programme

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Abigail is in Year 11 at Felpham Community College in Bognor Regis

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Beth is Year 11 from South Shields, Tyneside

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Rachael is a teacher at Harcourt Primary School in Folkestone, Kent

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