Building on diploma success

A MALTBY man is celebrating after completing his first year studying at college.

Michael Riley who lives in the supported living environment at Levitt Mill and Barn, which provides support for people with autism, learning disabilities and challenging behaviour, has passed his diploma level one in construction.

Michael has been studying at Rotherham College of Arts and Technology’s campus in Dinnington and his achievement has spurred him on to register for a level two in joinery.

Throughout his course Michael has also been gaining practical experience with Levitt Mill and Barn’s maintenance assistant Richard Todd.

On the course Michael, who has ADHD and IED (Impulsive Explosive Disorder), had one-to-one sessions to ensure he got the support needed.

He said: “I am really proud of what I have achieved so far. I really enjoy going to college and I haven’t missed a day of training since I started the course.”

“Attending routine lessons and working in a hands-on environment has helped me to channel some of my aggression and emotions.”

“Working with Richard has really helped me with my practical work.

“I have already applied to attend the college to complete a diploma level 2 in joinery and I’m looking forward to getting stuck into this new challenge.”

Levitt Mill and Barn is part of Craegmoor, whose ethos is to encourage and support everyone to get involved in leisure activities and where possible, educational ventures, in the local community.

Wayne Cocksedge, manager at Levitt Hill and Barn, said: “Michael has done extremely well by completing his diploma and we are thrilled he wants to continue his training and education, developing his skills in joinery.”

“We are all very proud of Michael and his achievements at college. We have seen him flourish throughout his course and I hope this will continue as he progresses with his studies.”

“Michael has a fantastic support network around him and Levitt Mill and Barn encourages all residents to live as independently as possible.”