Success Story: Applying for study with help from the Job Shop

6th May 2020

R was studying at Truro and Penwith College and at the start of the year he came to the Job Shop to ask for some help. R wanted to apply for a Level 2 Business Administration Apprenticeship with a local Care Provider. Knowing his preferred pathway was a great starting point for R and the Job Shop set about helping him with the next steps.

The Job Shop have a holistic approach to helping young people just like R, offering support with employability but also supporting a smooth journey into adulthood in general. Before helping our young person with his application, the Job Shop staff made sure he was aware of the commitment required to be successful on this pathway. It is crucial to highlight the time and effort needed to complete the apprenticeship; in not only the hours of work but the dedication to the college course that runs alongside it. R also needed to gain his English qualification. R and the Job Shop worked through the application process together using ‘Getmyfirstjob’ as he was already registered with them and had uploaded his CV in advance.

Later, R returned to say that he needed extra examination access support to complete his GCSE English, asking if the Job Shop staff could contact the people who provide this service. Consequently, an email was directed to the appropriate office and an assessment appointment was put in place. The Job Shop messaged R to remind him to attend the appointment on the day.

R popped back into the Job Shop to say he had been asked to send a cover letter to accompany the application form for the apprenticeship. R and his Job Shop advisor worked on the letter and this was emailed to the R for him to complete with information that was appropriate to the job specification. A week later, R was delighted to have been offered the position. R was so pleased that he rang to tell his Job Shop advisor the good news, but he was concerned as to how he would complete his GCSE English. The Job Shop advisor then emailed the Apprenticeship team and spoke with the English lecturer for guidance.  Later that day the Job Shop had some good news to pass on to R.  As he was more than likely to pass his GCSE exam, twilight lessons could be offered for what was left of the taught sessions, these would run alongside their Apprenticeship. However, Functional Skills was applicable to this apprenticeship if needed.

We are so happy that R was successful in his application to study his apprenticeship. Everyone at the Job Shop and Ambitions wish him every success in his chosen career.