The experience gained on a traineeship can be a key factor in securing employment, according to ex-trainee Jordan Taylor.
Before he took the course with JTL between last November and January, he says he was “going for interviews left right and centre”.
“Because I didn’t have any experience in electrics so going to places and putting in an application anywhere, any other lads that have got experience were going to get in over me.”
He says he felt “stuck” after he could not carry on to do A-levels at his school once he completed his GCSEs.
“I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I knew a trade would be good to get into. I did want to do A-levels, but that never happened.
“Because I had nothing, my mum said there was this traineeship in plumbing and electrics, and why didn’t I see if I like it.
Far from liking it, Jordan said he “loved it”: “I loved the work experience and got stuck in. I made a good impression and I’ve excelled ever since then.”
He has been taken on by the employer he completed his four-week work placement with, DJ Wright electricians in Birmingham, and is now training to become a fully-qualified electrician.
“If you screw your head on and actually get stuck in, it’s something you can be rewarded by,” he says, following a course involving health and safety training and CV preparation.
“They basically show you how to find employment the easiest way, and how to make your CV the best,” he explained.
“A lot of people who work on site aren’t really the academic type. So, they can come out of school and get into something that’s good and pays as well and it’s just a good job to have.”
“I think it’s spot on,” he said of the three-month course, adding: “I wouldn’t be where I am now without that traineeship.”