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Published 28 June 2022 at 10:47am

A Rotherham man is well on the way to a permanent role in policing, thanks to support from Riverside Training, which was funded through the Adult Education Budget (AEB).

Riverside Training, which is part of Acis Group, delivers adult education and employability services across the county on behalf of the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority.  The training provider received a referral about Nhyan Yatim, 28, who is originally from Iraq, and has long since dreamed of working in the police force. 

But despite coming to the UK a few years ago with good qualifications gained overseas, he struggled to get them recognised in England and was finding it hard to obtain work because of a lack of identification.

At Riverside Training he was partnered with Employment Coach Roberta Brackenbury, who started by tackling the issue of his identification.

Nhyan said: “I had been trying for five or six months to get my correct identification, but I got it within a couple of weeks with Roberta and my local MP’s help.”

Roberta also supported Nhyan with confidence boosting and budgeting sessions as well as practical support to find a suitable job. 

With Nhyan speaking four different languages, including four dialects of Kurdish, he is now working as a freelance translator, working across South Yorkshire in hospitals, police stations and courts – wherever he is needed. 

Nhyan and Roberta are now working with Sheffield Hallam University to assess Nhyan’s skills and qualifications and will be undertaking further learning in the autumn, with either a police apprenticeship or a criminology and policing course at a local college. 

Nhyan added: “It’s all going really well. Everything is on track. My job is freelance so I’ll go wherever I’m needed and do as many jobs as I can get to in time. Roberta and the Riverside team have helped me a lot. The service really is ten out of ten.”

He said:“Policing is my dream career. Everything I do is working towards that goal and Riverside are really helping me to reach that point. 

Roberta said: “It has been a pleasure working with Nhyan. He is very determined and has a clear idea of what he wants to do – I’ve just been helping him to overcome the obstacles to achieving his dream.”

About the Adult Education Budget
The Adult Education Budget (AEB) provides residents in South Yorkshire who are aged 19 or over and not in employment, education or training, with access to free skills support and training programmes. The support can help you to secure work and build a career in some of our key sectors, such as manufacturing, healthcare, logistics & transport, construction and retail. 

Through the AEB, our employed residents can also take part in skills development programmes and training that may help you to progress in an existing job or move into a new career, traineeship, an apprenticeship or progress in your learning. 

The programmes offered through the AEB are completely free of charge to the learner and are delivered by organisations that have been carefully chosen to provide the highest quality training.  This includes Further Education colleges, local authority training providers, independent training providers and voluntary, charity and community associations.

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Last Updated: 07/07/2022

Published In: Skills and Employment, Featured


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