After finding himself unemployed, 18-year-old Jordan embarked on The Prince’s Trust Team Programme at Stoke on Trent College; a decision which proved life-changing.
As part of the 12-week programme Jordan, from Longton, was able to access the College’s in-house recruitment and jobs brokerage service, The REED NCFE Partnership.
The team at REED NCFE helped Jordan get fully prepared for employment, supporting him with his CV and interview practice, before he was put forward for a vacancy with Shelton Auto Spares.
Jordan was successful at interview and is now working towards a Retail Apprenticeship qualification with Stoke-on-Trent College; worlds away from where he was just 6 months ago.
Jordan, who previously attended St Thomas Moore Catholic College, said: “The Prince’s Trust Team Programme helped build my confidence and meet new people.
“As part of the programme I attended residential workshops and helped to renovate a local community centre which is now used by army cadets and community groups.
“Unveiling it to them was a great sense of achievement. It gave me the confidence boost I needed to start thinking about looking for a job.
“I came in to contact with the team at REED NCFE through the programme and they helped me get my CV together and gave me great advice and help with interviews.
“They put me forward for the position at Shelton Auto Spares and I was successful in getting the job.
“Without their help I’m pretty sure I would still be at home and unemployed.”
Jordan attends College one day a week to help gain his Level 2 Retail Apprenticeship.
He added: “My life is loads different now to what is was. I have so much more confidence. I deal with customers coming in to the shop, handle telephone enquiries, do stock checks and cash handling. I had reservations about entering the workplace but I love it. In the future I now want to own my own business.”
REED NCFE service was launched at Stoke-on-Trent College in January 2013 to provide a “job-shop” facility for students. The service, which is has bases at both the Burslem and Cauldon campuses, supports students in finding local employment.
Jamie Evans, Employment Team Leader at REED NCFE, said: “Our team provides an essential service that helps support people like Jordan in finding work and supporting them in gaining the qualifications they will need for the future.
“Many of the people we meet are in similar situations and Jordon is a great example of what can be achieved thanks to the service we offer.
“It is great to hear Jordan say how much his life has changed and we hope there will be many more in 2014.”
Anyone wishing to find out more about apprenticeships at Stoke on Trent College should call REED NCFE on 01782 603775.