Success stories

George Benson Lyimo
Braeside High School

George left his home in Tanzania in 2012 to pursue a BTEC Extended Diploma in Business at Braeside High School in Nairobi. He gained a triple-starred distinction and is now studying for a degree in Business and Computing at Huddersfield University.

During his time at college in Kenya, George excelled as a young, innovative and creative business leader. He launched his own social network (texeer.com), provided internet connectivity for his fellow students when the college provision failed and regularly helped out at college repairing and maintaining students’ and teachers’ computer equipment, despite no formal training. In addition, he organised annual charity events which raised vital funds which are now supporting young Kenyan children into education.

Alongside his BTEC, George taught himself HTML and CSS and volunteered as a computer technician in order to gain the knowledge and experience he needed for his degree course and to further develop his social networking site into a fully fledged and commercially viable, internationally-recognised product.

The judges praised George’s dedication in moving country to pursue his studies and his clear aptitude and flair for business as evidenced in his excellent grades and acceptance onto a degree course in the UK.

Tyron Zoutman
Northlink College, Cape Town, South Africa

Tyron Zoutman completed a BTEC Level 5 HND in Performing Arts at Northlink College in Cape Town, receiving an overall Distinction. He is now studying for a marketing management qualification and has been appointed as a dance instructor at Northlink College, a position he will hold until 2014 when he will enter the professional industry.

Tyron joined Northlink on a bursary, his exceptional raw and natural talent for performing arts having been spotted by a Norwegian NGO in his rural, deprived hometown community. Tyron excelled at college, receiving the Northlink Special Achievement Award for outstanding contribution to the arts in 2012 and choreographing shows including The Boyfriend and Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.

Tyron is an extremely talented actor, singer, dancer, choreographer and director and has proved himself to be a natural, creative and innovative leader. As a young performing arts tutor, he is admired by his students and respected by his colleagues.

The judges were impressed by Tyron’s significant achievements and his dedication, which have led to him gaining employment as a performing arts tutor.