We’ve had quite a few traineeship success stories at DMR recently and we’d like to share them with you. This is Jordan’s story…
Eighteen year old Jordan was referred to DMR in the summer of 2015 after completing a study programme at GK Training in Leigh. A move to a traineeship was a natural progression for Jordan who had left school at 16 with few qualifications or ideas about what he wanted to do next. “Work was the last thing on my mind at that point”, jokes Jordan.
After leaving school, he briefly worked as a drivers mate to earn some money but the work was sporadic and menial. Despite encouragement from his parents to apply for an apprenticeship, Jordan continued to drift from one week to the next, lacking the ideas and motivation to embark on the next stage of his life. A local careers advisor accompanied him to a jobs fair where Jordan almost applied for a landscaping course but backed down when he realised it was unpaid.
He was eventually directed to GK where he enrolled on their part-time study programme, a newly launched government funded course aimed at enhancing the basic skills of unemployed school leavers and improving their chances of finding work or a place on a training course. During the study programme, Jordan decided that practical, physical work appealed to him and a career in construction become his new goal.
On completion of the study programme, Jordan’s next move was to enrol on a construction traineeship with DMR. Traineeships provide valuable work experience for young people and act as a stepping stone between school or unemployment and an apprenticeship. DMR’s construction traineeship was ideal for Jordan; it helped him expand his CV with a work placement at Planahome, a furniture design company based in Golborne, while gaining new skills and experience. He completed the traineeship with flying colours and immediately advanced to an 18 month apprenticeship in fitted interiors, during which he’ll become a fully qualified joiner.
In the space of 12 months, Jordan has gone from being unemployed to completing a study programme, a traineeship and then enrolment on an apprenticeship. He’s now looking forward to a long and rewarding career in fitted interiors and joinery.
“Eventually I got myself into the right mind-set,” says Jordan. “The study programme and traineeship definitely helped me to do that.”
Are you inspired by Jordan’s story? Enrol on a construction traineeship with DMR today.