With two children and having arrived in West Norfolk after moving from London, Kirsty Scott found it hard to get back into the education sector until a friend suggested volunteering at Open Road. 

She leapt at the chance but didn’t realise her part-time role would open up the career path she had been looking for.  

Kirsty explained: “I started as a learning support officer and after a couple of months, I was delivering a Prep for Work qualification.

“They suggested I do a level 1 Motor vehicle qualification so I could support teaching and learning. I started the course but didn’t complete because I was offered a job at the College of West Anglia. 

“My role at Open Road has now led to working as a Behaviour Manager at Springwood High School. My role is to improve behaviour and reduce permanent exclusions.”

“My volunteering at Open Road meant I was present when an opportunity came up for paid work. The Open Road team recommended me and I was offered a position as tutor, delivering vocational qualifications to 16-18 year-olds who had disengaged from education.

“This then secured my career path and helped me become qualified in the position I now hold. I am very grateful to the team at Open Road.”

Would she recommend other potential volunteers to consider Open Road? She most certainly would. 

“The Trainers are firm but fair and genuinely have a passion to help engage young people and help them achieve their own capabilities. Open Road will steer them on to the road to success.”