Motoring ahead to a successful future
17 year old Callum wanted an apprenticeship but when he left school he didn’t have the grades to enable him to realise his dream.
Having Dyslexia Callum had found it difficult to study and felt it had had an impact on his low grades.
Unsure of what to do next Callum contacted the aspire2work programme. Interested in cars he felt the Motor Vehicle Maintenance course might be the right course for him.
When Callum first joined aspire2work he had very low confidence and as a result would struggle to talk…literally, in particular to new people. Even travelling on his own to get to the course was a big issue for him at the time.
When Callum joined the Motor Vehicle course the tutors worked with him supporting him to build his confidence, helping him to manage his Dyslexia and supporting him to study for his level 1 in Maths and English. He also worked towards an ABC level 1 qualification in Motor Vehicle to improve his basic knowledge of cars.
Gradually Callum’s confidence began to grow. As he became more confident the course tutor felt that Callum would benefit from some real life work experience and secured him a placement with a local vehicle body repair centre. The employers there are great and worked supported Callum with his confidence and his work skills.
Callum worked hard on his aspire2work course and achieved qualifications in both maths and English. He did really well on his placement, so much so they offered him an apprenticeship. Thanks to aspire2work and Callum’s determination not to give up he secured his grades and an apprenticeship.
Callum has been employed now since Sept 2014 and is currently working towards his level 2 in maths, English and Motor Vehicle repair. The difference in Callum’s confidence is a transformation. He has new found confidence and is able to talk to people now, so much so he also covers reception when needed.
“Since providing a work placement for Callum it has been obvious that he wants to work and learn. He has had the right attitude from the start. He has excelled in all tasks that we have given him and he is always willing to try new skills and repair techniques. He has been great from day one, such a hard worker which is why we offered him an apprenticeship. Callum is a pleasure to have around the place and has become an integral part of the business’. - Tom Pittaway General Manager VRG Vehicle Repairs (Callum's employer)
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