Stories & Testimonials

Testimonials

DS

After completing the FREE Photography training programme at Mastroe over the summer. I have taken the leap and started my Photography business. I would like to thank the team at Mastroe for helping to make this possible. I still can’t believe the programme was FREE but it motivated me to come along and now I feel empowered enough and feel that I can achieve great things with photography.

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HM

I would like to thank Mast and the team at Mastroe. I have been wanting to get into Photography for around 2 years but just could not afford the training. On completing the programme at Mastroe. I have now shot a few events and did my first wedding last week. I am growing in confidence every day and still get to go back to Mastroe to borrow equipment, edit my photos, ask questions – ALL FOR FREE. Thanks again to Mastroe and the Funders that have made all of this possible.


MH

I did a Master’s degree in languages but always felt like I was creative. Therefore, I decided to undertake a training in graphic design. I undertook a work-based programme at Mastroe, where I learned the fundamentals of using commercial software, such as Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop. I got so involved and interested in this that I spend my entire evenings and weekends, further mastering my skills. I believe that the experience with the industry standard software and, at the same time, direct interaction with clients was a very useful experience. I was also able to use the skills I have developed to train and support new trainees. Now, as a freelance graphic designer, I am allowing my creativity to change the world.


LC

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Pic1 – Day One: LC first attended Mastroe for one of our community engage days. She was quite unhappy as She had been unemployed for 12 years and wanted a job and career she would enjoy.

Graphic Design: She went on to attend the Ascend programme to learn valuable work skills. LC followed this by attending our Creative – Print work experience programme.

Printing training: While on the programme at Mastroe, LC trained to use industrial standard software and print equipment.

Photography training: LC trained in photography during her time at Mastroe.

Corporate Visit: This LC attended a corporate visit to a signage company. This helped build her confidence and motivation in her chosen career path.

Graduation: Upon graduation she was able to apply for employment.
Employment: LC commenced employment at a family run sign business in Kempston as their graphic designer. Here you can see LC looking so much happier and full of confidence as she celebrated her 30th Birthday at work. Congratulations LC from all the team at Mastroe, and wishing you the best for the future.

NK

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Pic1 – Day One: When NK first attended Mastroe for an engage day he was unemployed and struggling to find work even in a voluntary position. Here you can see him sitting in the back row as part of a group of beneficiaries receiving training at Mastroe.

Graduation: After completing the Ascend programme at Mastroe and graduating alongside others.

Employment: After completion and graduation from this programme NK was far more successful in his job search and is now employed as a Sales Assistant at Sainsbury’s. Congratulations NK from all the team at Mastroe, and wishing you the best for the future.


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Testimonials

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  • Neil: Advanced Dyslexia – Provided an Opportunity at Mastroe.
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  • David: Post Employment Interview
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  • David, a Mastroe Beneficiary
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