I’ve had quite an interesting journey up until now and tried a few different things, in terms of education and work experience. I went to Whitgift in Croydon where I studied English, Art, Graphics and German A-Levels and then I attended Swansea University for two years to study Educational Studies, before I dropped out.
I must admit, I am a big people person and I love social environments. I thought university was going to be a lot more exciting but it turned out to be pretty dull and didn’t meet my expectations. I wasn’t enjoying my course either so I decided it was time for a change. I heard about the Apprenticeship Hub on the Sutton Council’s Twitter and after I looked into a handful of vacancies, I spotted one that sounded right up my street.
What Dom is doing now:
I am now working at a Sutton-based company called Road 2 Success, which is actually a learning provider for children who have been excluded from school and have nowhere else to go. We provide training to a Level 1 standard in either Hair+ Beauty, Plumbing, Electrics, Tiling or Decorating – as well as providing functional skills training and PSHE qualifications. It is a small company and we have four offices in Morden, Croydon, Tooting and Brighton.
My role is Business Administrator, which requires good organisational skills to juggle a variety of tasks. My main responsibilities include dealing with attendance, answering phone, basic accounting, dealing/creating with incident and safeguarding reports, and money handling.
I absolutely love it. Just as I expected, this apprenticeship enables me to interact with young people, network with parents and talk to new people every day through a range of communication forms. It is self-fulfilling to help others who are in similar circumstances to me a few years ago. I think there should be a lot more awareness of apprenticeships in schools and colleges for young people.
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