Daniel-Dean Grady: Trainee Case Study
Daniel-Dean Grady works at CK Wong Chartered Accountants in Burnage. He didn’t want to leave education after finishing college but he wanted to work and earn a wage, so he took up a Traineeship in February 2015. He has learnt everything from accrual payments to PAYE and has now progressed onto an Accountancy Apprenticeship.
CK Wong: Employer Case Study
CK Wong has been a practising Chartered Accountant since 1977 and owns his own pactice in Burnage. He has recently taken on a new trainee.
Rebecca Absalom: Referral Agency Case Study
Rebeca Absalom is a Skills Tutor for the Seetec Routees Programme for young people who are not in education, training or employment. Her job is ro re-engage learnes and progress them, whether that is onto a Traineeship, Apprenticeship or Study Programme.
Connor Hockey: Trainee Case Study
Connor started on the traineeship programme with Bury Adult Learning Service in September 2014, taking up a work placement at Six Town Housing and following Employability, English and maths courses.
Connor had few previous qualifications and had held a number of temporary jobs, including initial Army training. He wanted to get into the building industry but had been unable to secure an apprenticeship and had become demotivated and lacking in confidence.
Connor was a polite and hard working member of the group, gaining confidence in his skills and abilities. He provided good support to the rest of the group, particularly those less able than him. At the outdoor activity day attended by the group, he demonstrated excellent leadership skills and supported the rest of the group to succeed in the activities. Throughout the programme, he demonstrated a great willingness to develop his skills by taking on board all advice given
During the traineeship, he achieved the Level 1 Certificate in Employability Skills, demonstrating very high standards of work throughout his portfolio. He also achieved Level 1 in maths & English and is now well on his way to achieving Level 2 qualifications in both
Connor worked hard on his work placement, getting excellent feedback from managers, and being offered a paid six month placement with Six Town Housing at the end of the initial seven week traineeship. He has now (July 2015) been offered a further six month placement with a view to being offered an apprenticeship at the end.
Connor was nominated as Learner of the Year by his tutors, and was awarded a Certificate of Nomination. All his tutors agreed that it had been a pleasure to assist Connor on his learning journey and we feel he is an inspiring role model for other young people.
Danny Glover: Trainee Case Study
Danny was determined to use the Traineeship programme as an opportunity to gain full time employment that would allow him to support his young family. Following a period of 5 weeks with Fir Tree Farm to assess Danny’s interests, attitudes to work and skills, it was agreed that Danny had a particular interest in horticulture and so a progression work placement was arranged with Solis Landscapes Ltd based in Appley Bridge under the support and guidance of Chris Bentham the company owner.
Danny has successfully completed all elements of the Traineeship programme including the work placement, the land-based/fisheries BTEC qualification and the work preparation units including the ‘Management of Self and Others in the Workplace’ and ‘Preparing for an Interview’.
Danny has now successfully progressed into full time employment with Solis Landscapes alongside completing an apprenticeship in Horticulture as part of his further development. He will begin his apprenticeship with Wigan College beyond September.
“I have loved my time at Fir Tree Fishery and the Traineeship has helped me gain the job I now love and earn money from. I love working with Chris at Solis Landscapes and am now looking forward to starting my Horticulture Apprenticeship alongside my employment. The Traineeship was perfect for me as I really was determined to get a job at the end. Sometimes I would see other learners who questioned why they did not get a job when they would turn in late or miss days at their work placement. I would think to myself, how they can expect a job when they are not even committed to turning up to the placement. The course has been brilliant and I have enjoyed every second.”
Alisha Gammans: Trainee Case Study
Alisha was a 17 year old unemployed lone parent when she re-located to Salford. Being new to the area and having a 2 year old son, Charlie, she was unfamiliar with the support available to herself and her young child.
Alisha attended an event and spoke to Angela and Dave from Salford Futures who suggested My Traineeship as a way of helping her to further develop her skills, experience and confidence. Shortly afterwards Alisha secured a place on the forthcoming programme.
Alisha was ideal for the Traineeship, but there were some practical barriers which would have prevented her from fully engaging with the requirements of programme. Childcare was a real issue as too was the cost associated with travel and daily expenses. These issues were immediately addressed with the help of DWP funding to fully cover the cost of childcare, 4 days per week over 16 weeks; as well as, Salford Futures providing Alisha with a £40 per week training allowance and bus passes for the full duration of the traineeship.
It soon became apparent that Alisha’s shared living arrangements were not ideal and she desperately needed somewhere else to live for herself and Charlie. The ongoing support available from Salford Futures and links to internal services within the Council enabled Alisha to navigate Housing Options and register for suitable housing, and within a short space of time she bid and secured a property for herself and son.
Alisha attended interviews for internal apprenticeship opportunities when they became available within Salford City Council. Alisha was offered a 2yr Management Support Officer apprenticeship within the City Mayor’s Office.
Alisha achieved a tremendous amount in just a short period of time. She completed My Traineeship in July 2016 and attained an Employability Skills (Level 1), Business Administration (Level 1) and increased her maths and English functional skills levels from Entry 3 to Level 1. She’s now living independently with her son, Charlie and started the apprenticeship in August 2016. She is currently earning a Living Wage of £15,500 p/a.
“Since being on this Traineeship I have made some good friends which has increased my social wellbeing. Because I am working I now have money to go out with friends and do more socialising and meet more new people. I also have more available funds, so I’m able to spend money on my son, Charlie and I can even spoil myself from time to time. Since I have been doing this job I feel I can give Charlie the life he deserves and I can finally start to build a home and a future with him and myself.”
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