4 February 2015
A 17 year-old from Wembley who had feared she would become involved in gang culture has turned her life around and won employment at a flagship London store after attending a new programme of advice and training for unemployed young people.
Jamella Ijadunola, from Wembley in Brent, who admits her background was troubled, heard about Positive Directions from a friend. The programme has been designed by locally based Skills Training UK exclusively for young people who have left school and have not gone onto further education or found employment. Over thirty young people are currently on the programme and there’s flexible enrolment over the summer holiday period which means more are starting each week.
Positive Directions gives the opportunity to develop skills for employment as well and gain new qualifications in Maths, English and IT. Tutors also give one to one support in trouble-shooting any issues or concerns faced by each young person.
Jamella says: “I had come out of education and I had a very negative attitude, however I quickly realised I needed to better myself and not just sit around at home.
I had very little knowledge in how to present myself in an interview or even how to put my CV together correctly. Positive Directions offered me the opportunity to gain all the right skills for looking for a job and keeping it.”
A team of dedicated tutors worked closely with Jamella to help her progress, apply for jobs and when it came to the interview with Nike’s flagship store in Oxford Street, to prepare and practise.
Frances Hughes, Foundation Learning Tutor at Skills Training UK, who will be giving Jamella ongoing support in her new job says: “Jamella had some very difficult issues to overcome when she first joined us but she’s now developed a really positive attitude and has worked extremely hard which is why we are very pleased that she is doing so well. She is still working with us to complete her Work Skills qualification and we will continue to offer this support to ensure she sustains her new job role and is able to progress.”
Jamella concludes: “I now believe in myself much more than I used to and I know I have the ability to achieve all my future goals. I would have never been where I am without the tutors and the courses run by Skills Training UK.”
Skills Training UK has been running the Positive Directions programme for nearly six months offering a variety of different courses which help young adults aged 16-24 to progress into work, further education or training.
There are currently opportunities to join and anyone interested should telephone 020 8795 8200 or see www.positivedirectionsuk.com
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