"Thanks Marcus and Skills Update
for the chance to change my life"


Hi, my name is Ashley Leathart Ah Siu.

When I first joined Skills Update I was unfit, unmotivated and had no direction in life. With continuous attendance and giving my all during course and training days, I noticed dramatic changes in my health, body and well-being.

When my mum passed away I lost all direction and focus on my goals. But my tutor and peers supported me through this tough time. They showed me that I was a part of a family, and I needed to live and experience life. This motivated me to come back to course.

The services pre-entry course helped me achieve my goal of joining the Navy. It prepared me physically with our intense PT sessions, and academically with the aptitude work that was given to us. So I was familiar with what I was given in the NZDF test. I also achieved my NCEA Level 1 and 2.

This course can tell you a lot about yourself from how well you manage stress and time, to how strong/fit you actually are. You push yourself to your limits and try your hardest, never giving up.

Marcus is a great tutor, he has his own unique style of teaching and it gets through to the students. He always has a reason behind his motives: to make you the best person you can be; reach your full potential and believe in yourself and your ability that you can do it.

My future plans are to pursue my career in the Navy as a Chef or Combat System Specialist, complete my trade training and travel the world.

I have currently passed my Aptitude and fitness test to get into the Navy. I am now waiting for my Induction and enrolment date to start basic training.

Thanks Marcus and Skills Update for the chance to change my life.

-Ashley Leathart Ah Siu

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