4 February 2015

Mayor praises young people for their positive directions

The Mayor of Brent, Councillor Michael Adeyeye, was sky high in the Borough on the 21st Floor of Wembley Point on 19th September when he met young people who were celebrating their positive strides towards employment, jobs with apprenticeships or further education.

All the young people were congratulated on their voluntary attendance and commitment to achieving results from ‘Positive Directions’, a programme designed by locally based Skills Training UK exclusively for 16-24 year-olds who have left school and have not gone onto further education or found employment.

Positive Directions gives the opportunity to develop skills for employment as well as gain new qualifications in Maths, English, IT and other vocational areas. Tutors give one to one careers support as well as personal mentoring in trouble-shooting any issues or concerns faced by each young person. Some do the ‘Access to Apprenticeships’ course which helps prepare them for a job with an apprenticeship by building self-confidence and getting relevant work experience. Others focus first on improving their skills and
progress from there.

Councillor Michael Adeyeye, The Mayor of Brent, said: “You’ve done the hard work and so have Skills Training UK and I hope you all go from strength to strength.”

School leavers Maria Brown, Loran Muir and Mitchell Barber have all been doing ‘Access to Apprenticeships’ and each of them gave a presentation at the event about what they had achieved personally. Loran Muir said her ‘A’ levels didn’t go well but she’s already now had three or four interviews for jobs with an apprenticeship so she can earn while working towards qualifications. She said: “It’s the presentation skills, communication and confidence building which have impressed me most about the course.”

Maria Brown also did ‘A’ levels and is aiming to get into a job with apprenticeship training. She said: “Skills Training UK have been dedicated and motivated to helping me. They focus on the individual and help you identify strengths and weaknesses. I have made a lot of progress and am more confident. One valuable lesson is just to be me.”

Mitchell Barber, meanwhile, said “Skills Training UK are really motivated and care. There’s a nice warm atmosphere at the Centre.” He’s ambitious for a media orientated job and through his tutor’s help he’s re-worked his CV and has benefited from becoming more structured about how he presents himself at interviews. He’s now had an offer of work experience as well as a second stage interview for a job with an apprenticeship.

Martin Dunford OBE, Chief Executive, Skills Training UK, praised the commitments and achievements of all the young people. He said “No matter what happens, never give up. Never give up.”

Abi Osho, Operations Manager, Skills Training UK, said that in the extremely challenging times there had been some real achievements from all the young people present, including young people going into employment, jobs with apprenticeships and into further education.

They include Andre Isidore, age 20 from Harrow Wealdstone, who started Positive Directions at the beginning of August and has already been helped to find a job with an apprenticeship at Bargain Furniture. “Skills Training UK helped me so much,” he said.

Gavin Malone, age 18, from Stonebridge, was one of over twenty young people to be presented with certificates for their commitment and for achievement of vocational qualifications on Positive Directions courses. He said: “I was hanging out with the wrong people and I was in trouble before, but this has really helped me sort myself out. I would recommend Positive Directions to anyone.”

Young people can enroll onto the programme on a flexible basis which means they can join at any time and further information can be gained by calling or texting Jhnique Gardner on 07860 695 729 or telephoning 020 8795 8209.

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