A 19-year-old trainee has secured his first step on the ladder to a full-time career after getting help from a South Norfolk Council jobs club and a government training scheme.
Richard Elvin, 19, of St Leger Long Stratton, attended the weekly Job Club for young adults which meets in Long Stratton Library from 10am to noon on Wednesdays. He was job hunting from last March to mid-November after completing AS levels at Long Stratton High School.
“The Job Club was really helpful with everything and advised me to go to the Job Centre where I heard about the training scheme,” Mr Elvin said. The traineeship initiative helps 16 to 20-year-olds gain employability skills by securing work experience for them.
Mr Elvin was set up on an unpaid eight-week training programme by training providers Anne Clarke Associates at the Eye-based Bartrums haulage company. He also managed to secure the loan of a moped from the employment support charity Kickstart which enabled him to get from his Long Stratton home into his workplace each day.
During his eight weeks of work experience in the Bartrums office, where he acted as administrative support in the company’s own training branch, he so impressed training manager Ian Sawley that he was offered an apprenticeship.
“I will now be working towards an NVQ in Business Administration with the possibility of a full-time job at the end of it. I would never have thought of working somewhere like Bartrums if I hadn’t had the training programme. It’s been really good,” he said.
Mr Sawley said: “Richard is an absolute wizard with a computer and is very good at thinking on his feet. He’s teaching me and I’m teaching him.
“I was very happy with the whole process of the traineeship scheme and being able to see how Richard worked first. It worked well for us at Bartrams, but we always give everyone a chance on their own merits and are prepared to invest in him.”