Ian snaps success as professional photographer

Friday 05 May 2017

Ian Taylor participated on our ESF Inclusion Works programme.  When Ian came to Cedar he had been working as a chef but as a result of a health condition he was unfortunately unable to continue in that particular line of work. Through the career planning discussions, it became apparent Ian had a passion for photography and was particularly fond of photographing motorbike racing. The discovery that Ian had compiled an impressive portfolio of shots he had taken at the North West 200 over the years lead to the idea of an action plan centred around these skills. pic 2

Ian & Colum, his Inclusion Works Case Officer, identified the GCSE course in Photography and Essential Skills ICT as appropriate courses of study to build competency.  Ian started these 2 courses with Northern Regional College Ballymena and Ballymoney campuses respectively. Ian proved to be a committed student and with some financial support to assist with transport from Cedar and some additional support through regular review Ian attained an A* in his GCSE Photography.

To build on this success Colum supported Ian to progress to  the BTEC National Certificate in Photography as the next logical step.  The course would run for 2 years with NRC Ballymena and Cedar would provide support financially with transport and tuition costs as well as through regular mentoring, feedback and review.

Ian applied his determined work ethic and natural talent to gain straight distinctions in his final accreditation of the BTEC National Certificate course in June 2016.  Ian’s success story is a prime example of how the Inclusion Works Programme can be effective in helping someone facilitate a change of direction, made necessary by a health condition impacting on their current position. 

Ian is now qualified and pushing as a professional photographer. Cedar will assist Ian in making the transition from student to professional. Ian is now concerned with growing and promoting his business and identifying the areas of photography as a business that interests him the most.  You can view his work by clicking here. If you would like to contact him directly please call: 07817204125 or email: iantaylorphotography600@gmail.com 

Inclusion Works is funded by the European Social Fund for NI and the Health & Social Care Trust.  Click here for more information on Inclusion Works.


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