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Bracknell and Wokingham College international student is keyworker hero

A student from Activate Learning’s Bracknell and Wokingham College is doing his bit for the community by working at a local supermarket and shopping for a vulnerable person who is self-isolating during the COVID-19 outbreak.

24 April 2020

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A student from Activate Learning’s Bracknell and Wokingham College is doing his bit for the community by working at a local supermarket and shopping for a vulnerable person who is self-isolating during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Otavio Paim, 19, who is originally from Brazil, is studying the Level 1 Upper Intermediate English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) programme at the Church Road campus.

Octavio is currently working at Tesco in Wokingham and has taken on additional shifts to support the increased demand.

He is also shopping for a vulnerable person who is self-isolating. His Mum worked with her previously.

Otavio has been working for Tesco for two years and works in the dairy and fresh fruit department.

He said: “I really like working there, I like my managers and my colleagues. They make me feel confident about working here, especially during the outbreak.

“I’m learning to obey social distancing, how to check dates, clean the shelves and arrange the products so that they look good to customers.

“Learning from home is going really well too. I can be more focused and email teachers when I have any questions.

“I feel really good and happy that I am able to help.”

Belinda West, ESOL lecturer at Activate Learning, said: "Otavio has been keeping in touch with me extremely well at this difficult time.

“He has also worked long hours at Tesco and has helped a vulnerable neighbour by doing her shopping.

“It is vital support for his neighbour. On top of all this, Otavio has submitted homework to me regularly.

“He is working hard, he's helping a needy person and he's continuing to learn, what more can you ask?"

Find out about ESOL and EFL courses available at Activate Learning or contact us on 0800 612 6008.