When I first started my apprenticeship I didn’t have a clue as to what I wanted to achieve in life or what I wanted to do as a career. I lacked confidence when job searching as I barely had any GCSE’s.

At first it was a bit of a struggle and although there were many highs there were also lows as I was never academically clever. I received so much encouragement and support from the Way2Work team and was helped with my English and Maths and also both of my NVQ’s.

Throughout the two years of being an apprentice at the Single Point of Access team, Children’s Services, I found a passion for helping others and those in need and decided my end goal would be working in a residential children’s home.

With the help of many from Way2Work I was able to gain the confidence, skills and experience to finally achieve my dream. After completing both of my NVQ’s, I am now a support worker in a residential school for children and young people with autism and disabilities.

I cannot put into words how worthwhile my time completing my apprenticeship was and there aren’t words to put together to show how thankful I am for the Way2Work team for consistently supporting me throughout.

A special thank you to Lee Barbieri for putting up with me also – deserves a medal!