Sunil Singh, Age 17
Apprenticeship - Recruitment Agency
NVQ L2 - Recruitment / Business Admin
Unhappy with his initial decision to join 6th form, Sunil came to t2 to improve his GSCE grades and pre-apprenticship training, to make sure he had what was needed to successfully apply for an apprenticeship as a ‘recruitment consultant’.
“Over all I wanted to go into a recruitment apprenticeship because I get a buzz from it - filling places, gaining new jobs from clients , its a bit of a competitive apprenticeship, you’re always on the go, a constant buzz and excitement whilst working in recruitment. I do enjoy it and it was a very good decision, and great that t2 helped progress with my Maths and English knowledge to be able to get this position.”
I am the apprentice. I am there to learn the business and really get a good insight in to what the business is about. t2 has been extremely supportive since I’ve started and getting calls form t2 to check I’m getting on OK and progressed to a good level.
Eloise's progress as Payroll Apprentice
One of our recent progression success stories is our ex-Academy learner Eloise Palmer. Eloise has recently joined Dunkleys Accountants & Statutory Auditors as a Payroll Apprentice and we, and her, couldn't
be more pleased! We asked Eloise to try to put into words how t2 Apprenticeship Academy helped her on her road to success.
"t2 is a great, practical option for anyone that doesn't want to go to college after school. It's an all-over great experience and not too nerve-racking meeting new people because everyone is there for the same reason. By the end of my first day I'd made friends with a group of girls, the atmosphere was so comfortable that I felt like I'd known them for ages. The best bit about t2 is the level of maturity in which you get treated by the members of staff, and the flexibility they give you. You are never pressured to do something you don't want to do, however they still offer you great opportunities to support your future, like attending mock interviews of your choice or life skill practice, for example NCS. As well as getting support and guidance to find your perfect apprenticeship you learn skills you will use everyday at work, whilst also gaining an employability award and any functional skills you need to look great to employers and on your CV! After just over two months I am now working as a payroll apprentice in an accountancy firm in Bradley Stoke called Dunkley's and am really pleased with myself and my progress. The confidence I have gained in myself over the months since I left school has made me feel mature and that my goals are achievable, t2 helped me realise that."
Thank you Liz!
Mark proved himself at his placement
Mark Smith was with us as a study programme learner and achieved his L2 English, Maths and Employability. After a very successful work placement at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre, Mark was taken on as an apprentice. Mark called in to see us recently and we couldn't be more proud of him after he told us he was now a qualified fitness instructor and has been taken on full time by Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre. Well done Mark! Mark is a fantastic example of how you can prove yourself at placement, make a great example with your employers and be taken on full time and permanently.
Victoria is on the right path to a successful career in nursing
We asked Victoria to say a few words about her time at t2 Apprenticeship Academy and to tell us all about her chosen career and how she is progressing after her time at the Academy.
"My time at t2 Academy was very pleasant; I enjoyed my time here as I received all the help and support I needed to boost my confidence. The teachers at t2 felt like family, always lending a supporting hand to ensure we were on the right track."
"I struggled a lot with my Maths and Liz arranged for me to have 1:1 Maths support from Katherine and she was really good at teaching me some Maths things I found difficult. Liz gave me so much support, I see her more than a teacher, more like a mum always on my case but for all the right reasons. I appreciated the fact she believed in me and kept pushing me to do better when I was close to giving up. I am now studying Health and Social Care L3 at Weston College and t2 helped me get a job as a Healthcare Assistant at Southmead Hospital. I’m not where I want to be in life yet as I am hoping to go to University and become a qualified nurse, but with the confidence I gained from the Academy I am having a positive attitude in approaching things as the teachers from t2 told me 'there will always be light at the end of the tunnel' and I still use that phrase they told me in my everyday life."
Victoria Omergeie (17)
Aaron secures Apprenticeship at prestigious solicitors
We are delighted to announce one of our learners has secured an Apprenticeship with a prestigious solicitors firm in Bristol. Aaron had his heart set on a career in law and after
deciding Sixth form wasn't for him, started at the Academy with a view to getting an Apprenticeship. With some support on applications, some interview prep and some confidence
boosting, they were so impressed with him at interview that they offered him the job 10 minutes after he left! Well done Aaron.
This is what Aaron had to say about his time at the Academy:
"Firstly I would like to thank Alex and all the staff for taking the time to help a troubled student. Even though my time at t2 was short lived, I had made a lot of new friends and socialised with people I wouldn't normally do. The diversity of the students at t2 made me realise that you can get along with anyone, no matter what race or background everyone treated me with respect. Secondly the staff were so helpful and within a short period of time of being there they helped me find the Apprenticeship of my dreams. I would like to give a special thanks to Matt (pictured left with Aaron) because he motivated me to do what I want to do. Overall my time at t2 will not be one I forget as it made me realise a lot about myself and that you can never give up on your dreams no matter how many times you fail."
Hartcliffe teenager starts dream career
Sam Saint, 17, has secured a competitive apprenticeship at @Symes, a Hartcliffe community centre located above a library. @Symes is run and managed by local people. It provides support for adults in the community and is dedicated to getting people back into work by offering advice sessions and skills-building courses on employability, IT for beginners, work clubs, life coaching and introduction to volunteering courses.
Sam is now the first port-of-call for centre visitors and provides crucial financial support and general administration. Qualifying in a year's time, Sam will also be working towards a NVQ in Business Administration.Sam said he was unsure what to do next at college, so he joined an Apprenticeship Academy where he tried a couple of placements before an adviser matched him with a business administration opportunity.
"At first, I was unsure whether it would be a career suited to me," he said. "However, I have found it really worthwhile – having always been naturally talented at maths – and I now get to use those skills to good effect. This job has not only given me a career focus, but it has allowed me to learn new skills, while gaining invaluable experience. I've finally found something I truly enjoy doing. Everyone at @Symes has really welcomed me and I'm so glad to have finally found the perfect career that suits me and my skills. This apprenticeship has undoubtedly given me great experience and built a strong foundation for my career."
The apprenticeship course, delivered by training provider t2 group, allows Sam to gain hands-on experience in business administration as well as providing him with functional skills in core subjects, including maths, ICT and English.The firm's Bristol Apprenticeship Academy offers 20 weeks of intensive employability training combined with work experience, leading to nationally recognised qualifications and building practical on-the-job skills.Dave Marr, director of business development and human resources at t2 group, said: "This apprenticeship has given Sam a sharp focus while providing him with a broad base to build his career on." He added: "We're delighted that he's finally found his passion and can now start to look forward to the future."
Determined Bristol teen Natasha Munro lands dream role after applying for 50 jobs without success
The jobs market is improving and unemployment falling, but it's still not easy for young people to find work. One Horfield teenager applied for more than 50 jobs without success. But persistence has finally paid off for 18-year-old Natasha Munro as she secured an apprenticeship in care and business administration.
Natasha's new employer, care provider New Key based in Fairfax Street, took her on four weeks into a work experience placement because they were so impressed.
"I'm so pleased to have been offered this apprenticeship. It fits my interests perfectly, as I have always wanted to work in the care sector and in business administration. Organisation has always been something I am passionate about, and now I can certainly enjoy my work while building up my skills. I had applied for around 50 positions with very little success, which really affected my confidence."
New Key provides personalised care to those in supported living, working in with people to give them control of their own lives. The organisation also works in providing care to people with learning difficulties, mental health conditions and physical disabilities, allowing them to live independently. Natasha has already implemented a new filing system. Her day-to-day responsibilities including updating vital client case notes and being the first port of call for phone enquiries. She is now working towards a QCF in Business Administration at level two, and hopes to progress onto level three before securing a permanent job. The course, delivered by training provider t2 group, allows Natasha to gain hands-on experience in business administration as well as offering her new maths, English and ICT qualifications.
t2 group's Bristol Apprenticeship Academy, based in Tower House in Fairfax Street, offers 20 weeks of intensive employability training combined with work experience, which leads to nationally recognised qualifications. Natasha added: "Now, I feel valued at New Key as a core part of the team, which has significantly improved my self-esteem. Without the support of the t2 group, I would not have realised that this apprenticeship was even available."
Dave Marr, director of business development and human resources at t2 group, said: "We are delighted with Natasha's success. This apprenticeship has hopefully set her on a clear career path, spanning the two sectors she always dreamed of gaining experience in. At t2 group, we specialise in offering the support and training to help young people secure apprenticeships with employers, helping them learn practical on-the-job skills, while also boosting their theoretical knowledge. Natasha is a great example of somebody who has been offered an apprenticeship after impressing her employer, and we look forward to seeing her confidence soar as her career progresses."
Gary Kent, director at New Key, said Natasha had "really impressed". He said: "She has quickly becoming an invaluable member of our team. It's great to find someone who has the perfect skill set mixed with a strong work ethic. It's been a pleasure to work with her so far and all of us are excited for the future."
Southmead teen makes dream start to career after teaching toddler to speak
A Southmead teenager has made a dream start to her career in childcare after teaching a toddler to speak, just weeks into the role. Samantha Moran has been offered an Apprenticeship at Henleaze-based Toybox Day Nursery within a month of starting a work placement at the centre.
The 18-year-old amazed her employers by teaching a two-year-old boy to speak for the first time. Samantha used clapping games and creative noise-making to encourage the child to speak his first words.
As part of her new role, Samantha provides complete childcare for children between three months and five years old. Alongside improving her practical skills, Samantha is studying with the t2 group’s Apprenticeship Academy in Bristol and working towards a Level Two QCF in Childcare. Samantha enrolled into the Bristol Apprenticeship Academy, which offers 20 weeks of intensive employability training combined with work experience, when she was just 17 years old. The Academy helped her complete qualifications in Employability and Personal Development and obtain further qualifications in Maths, English and ICT.
Samantha said: “After leaving school, I volunteered with the Handicapped Children's Pilgrimage Trust charity, which offers holidays to disabled and disadvantaged people, and knew
immediately that I wanted to work with children. This Apprenticeship has allowed that to become a reality. I absolutely love my job as I find the work so rewarding. I always wanted to
do an Apprenticeship as I believe hands-on experience is a really valuable way to learn. With support from the Academy, I now have the confidence to apply for placements, and their
interview training was so good that the nursery offered me the placement on the day of my interview."
“It’s so rewarding to be able to work with children and see them respond to me positively. I couldn’t be happier with the path I have chosen.”
Dave Marr, Director of Business Development and Human Resources at t2 group, said: “We are incredibly proud of Samantha. After starting our Academy programme, we saw her confidence
grow significantly. Within a month of her placement, Toybox Day nursery had offered her an Apprenticeship, which is a credit to her strong work ethic and ambition."
“At t2 group, we specialise in offering the support and training to help young people secure Apprenticeships with employers. Our Bristol Academy is a unique initiative combining employability training with work experience. We look forward to seeing Samantha’s progression over the next few years.”