Not all Classrooms have four walls

Have you ever sat in class, gazing out of the window, wondering what your future might hold?

Perhaps you’ve day dreamed about fame and fortune or sat dreading the prospect of another five years in education.  Maybe you’ve even sat in class worrying about the prospect of exams or being called up to answer a question knowing that you don’t know the answer.

Albert Einstein, very famously once said “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

As part of National Apprenticeships week (beginning Monday), local business director Scott Riddell, who owns and operates a partner of the Coventry Blaze, SCCU is keen to prove to everyone that there is not a ‘one size fits all’ option when it comes to you and your future.

As a boy Scott was not an educational whizz kid. He struggled academically and floundered rather than thrived in school. He was the fish being judged for not being able to climb the tree. He was ambitious, creative, determined and stubborn. But was lead to believe he was stupid, sub standard and not going to amount to much.

He now runs a successful business employing more than 30 members of staff and has helped to develop and support over 3000 people in furthering their careers or developing themselves.

His business was formed because of his passion to show people that there is more than one route to success and a future you want.

That being good with your hands but not being good at algebra is okay.

That having business acumen but not being great at writing the perfect novel is not a problem.

You can be successful if you are not an academic genius.

Scott, Managing Director from SCCU said:

“Being academic is brilliant. It can open so many doors for you. The world needs academic people. Brain surgeons and teachers. Scientists and lecturers. It also needs engineers, and plasterers, metal workers and seamstresses.. Creative people, dextrous people, strong people, leaders”

“We are really passionate to show people that there are different options. That one size does not fit all. We want to support people to achieve their goals whatever their ability. Not to feel disheartened because their GCSE test results say different. We want young people to feel empowered and to know that it's okay if sixth form and university isn’t for them. That there are alternatives to a successful career and future..

SCCU's biggest message to anybody reading though is that not all classrooms have four walls. And with the right tools you can write your own story”

Get involved on Social Media 

During National Apprenticeships week, SCCU are encouraging everybody to share their story and their "classroom" on social media channels.

You can download the ‘Where is your classroom’ poster on their website, HERE.

SCCU would like you to hold up the sign in your "classroom" i.e. your workplace, post to your favoured social media channel, tag them in using the following, and use the hashtag #WhereIsYourClassroom 

Twitter: @SCCU_ltd


LinkedIn: @sccu-ltd

Instagram: @sccu_ltd

For more information about SCCU and the apprenticeships that they offer visit