Amin’s story - using British Sign Language (BSL) | Amin’s story - using British Sign Language (BSL) | Oldham Council

The name of the young person has been changed to maintain confidentiality.

Amin has a severe hearing loss and uses both BSL (British Sign Language) and speech as his means of communication. His learner journey at Oldham College began in 2011 when he embarked on an Entry to Employment Programme, focussing on painting and decorating.

He continued his studies in painting and decorating and achieved a diploma in painting and decorating at levels 1 and 2. Amin excelled in his studies gaining merits and distinctions across all modules.

He went on to achieve first place in the Greater Manchester College’s Construction Trades Skills award in 2017.


During his time on the Pure Innovations/Oldham College supported internship scheme, where he was placed with the Oldham College Maintenance Team, Amin developed his decorating and general maintenance skills.

Amin has now moved onto an apprenticeship placement with the Oldham College maintenance team. His goal is to become self-employed and set up his own painting and decorating company. He’s well on his way to doing that as a more confident young man communicating with his colleagues and others.