Two Lampeter-based Syrian families have been working hard towards their UK car theory tests.

The Rasouls and the Jarallahs studied online with tutor John Hughes from Dysgu Bro Ceredigion. John used games and quizzes to make studying topics such as road signs and stopping distances interesting and the families enjoyed the course very much.

Passing the theory test is difficult for many English speakers, so for the Syrian families, passing the test in a foreign language was quite the challenge, as well as learning online due to Covid restrictions.

Diyar Rasoul said, “The biggest barrier to getting my full licence is that I have to sit the theory test in English – when I arrived in the UK I didn’t speak or write any English at all. Mostly it helps my reading and listening skills. A driving licence will help me find work more easily because I live in a country area with a limited bus service. The message I would give to others about learning some new thing in your free time is that it benefits you a lot – it will help you a lot for your life and your future.”

Hard work and dedication have paid off and many of the learners have already passed the test as well as the main driving test.

Tutor John said, “It has been very rewarding as a tutor to deliver the classes and to see them pass the theory test as well as seeing them drive around town. It makes me feel very proud of what they have achieved in such a short time.”

Councillor Bryan Davies, Leader of Ceredigion County Council with responsibility for Refugee Resettlement said, “It’s heart-warming to see the Syrian families in Ceredigion settle but also work hard to develop themselves. Doing this course has developed the Rasouls and the Jarallahs families’ skills and prospects. I urge everyone to act upon Diyar’s message – learn something new in your free time. Well done. أحسنت.”

For all the hard work, Hyfforddiant Ceredigion Training has awarded both families a hand-made Welsh dragon coat hook stand.

Well done. أحسنت.