I used to be a bricklayer: now I am studying nursing

Tom Bartlett from Abergavenny is studying mental health nursing

Tom Bartlett from Abergavenny is studying the mental health nursing degree.

"I left school at 16 with average GCSEs and after completing a three-year bricklaying apprenticeship, worked as a self-employed bricklayer all over south Wales.

"At 22, I realised that I wanted more from life and signed up to an Access to Nursing course at Nash College.

"Mental health nurses were there for me at a difficult time in my life. Experiencing first-hand the difference they made to my life made me want to do the same for others.

"There have been lots of stand-out moments from my training but I think being able to assist people in their recoveries or to manage their circumstances has given me a huge sense of achievement.

"USW has been a great place to train - a very supportive university with caring, personable lecturers who have your best interests at heart.

"It has been an amazing three years – challenging at times, to balance everything – but it’s the most worthwhile thing I have ever done and I am proud to be qualifying soon."