Pathways graduate realises his dreams

17/01/2017 – Fight for Peace aims to help young people become champions, in the ring, on the mats, in the classroom and in life. Pathways graduate Tish Rajendram is certainly one of these life champions, having firmly established himself as a fishmonger and entrepreneur since leaving Fight for Peace.

Tish’s infectious enthusiasm for fish, seafood and fresh, seasonal and sustainable produce has its roots in his family’s passion for cooking and a month long trip to Sri Lanka, his birthplace, taken as a teenager. By his own admission, school was not for Tish and, as a local boy from the North Woolwich area in which the London Academy is based, he took advantage of the educational opportunities on offer at Fight for Peace.

“I had fantastic tutors at Fight for Peace. I came in because at secondary school I did not listen in lessons, I think at that age that is what you do. On the Pathways course, I did Module 1 which includes Maths and English, and that helped me improve my confidence in my skills”, explained Tish.

As well as educational courses, Tish engaged in a number of other Fight for Peace projects. “I completed a mentoring course at Credit Suisse and it was the best thing I have ever done, I still talk to my mentor now. If it wasn’t for fight for peace I would not have had that opportunity. It gave me a lot of guidance and it gave me that time to reflect and that confidence to be able to talk to anyone”, said Tish.

After graduating from Pathways, Tish went on to complete a City and Guilds Level 2 Fishmongering course at Billingsgate market as well as a Get into Fishmongering course as part of the National Federation of Fishmongers, of which he is now a member.

Tish is strongly committed to his local community and sells fish through his own enterprise Tish’s Fish. His excellent produce can be bought every Saturday at Royal Victoria Gardens in North Woolwich and on the last Saturday of the month at Royal Docks Community market in Pier Parade.