Many of our members have a desire to experience the world of work, but wish to do this with the support systems that match their needs.
That’s why we not only help our members to secure employment, but also offer supported employment opportunities, like Apprenticeships.
Liam came to My Life as a student at our specialist further education college My Life Learning with aspirations to simply meet people outside the family home, but they quickly wanted to further their qualifications and gain experience that would help get them into work.
We created a structured plan to help Liam achieve this by improving their level of English and Maths, getting their skillset “job-ready,” helping them to develop initiative, cope with change better and improve their expressive and social skills.
Facilitating a work experience placement and opportunities to socialise within and outside of My Life helped hugely with this.
After excelling in their English and vocational practical studies, Liam undertook work experience at our Stable Door Café & Ice Cream Parlour where they progressed rapidly in their work, and it soon became clear that they were ready to move to a more formal working arrangement.
An Apprenticeship beckoned…
In April 2021 we were delighted to offer Liam an 18-month Catering and Hospitality Apprenticeship at The Stable Door, with an additional day of college work at a local Further Education College.
With My Life still on hand to assist where necessary, including pastoral care, Liam’s apprenticeship will equip them with all the skills they need to be a success in the future and includes a training programme which will increase their employability.
Liam now takes on all the roles within the café that a staff member would be expected to do. Very importantly, their and our vision isn’t that they stay at The Stable Door forever, but that they get the courage and confidence to spread their wings elsewhere.
“I’ve always worried about being thrown into a job with no preparation. Because I got that preparation here, I knew I could come into work, be around people who I felt comfortable with and get stuck into the job. It’s a great place to work and I have to say it makes such a difference when you get paid at the end of it – I’m saving up for a holiday. I want to build a career now and this is such a good start, I think an employer will see the apprenticeship as something that’s a real positive on my CV.”
Liam’s mother Sharon adds:
“My Life changed Liam’s life completely. They are not the same person that started here – they are more confident, they’ll look people in the eye. In the last six months in particular they have completely blossomed and we can begin to think about how they might live and work independently in the future.”
To discover more about how we support our members through employment, please call 01257 472900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.