When he first joined our traineeship programme in Porth, teenager Adam Burden admits he had problems with his motivation, attitude and timekeeeping.

Adam, 18, had struggled to fit in with the regime at Porth County Community School and left at 16 with an F in maths, a G in English and a BTEC in sport but no idea what he wanted to do next.

“If a friend hadn’t told me about the traineeship, I would probably be sitting at home all day, on the dole, bored, with my life going nowhere,” he says.

Instead, he has gained seven new qualifications with us including Employability, Skills and Essential skills in Communication and is now working towards a QCF (Qualifications and Credit Framework) qualification in Business Admin while impressing on a clerical work placement.

He said: “When I first came here, I enjoyed it from day one because it was so different to school. It was much more relaxed and I was treated more like an adult so I knew I had to act like one.

“But I was nowhere near ready for work. I had no direction, no focus, I couldn’t stick at my work placements in retail and I couldn’t adjust to having to be self disciplined enough to get myself in on time and complete the work I was given.

“There were times when I felt like giving up but the tutors encouraged me to keep gong and become a better person and now I have improved my English, maths and communication skills and have seven new qualifications under my belt.

“I moved from retail to admin which suited me more and I am really looking forward to getting out and getting a job when I have completed my traineeship and qualifications.

“The most important thing I have learned here is respect. There are not many jobs around here but now I feel I have a lot to offer an employer and feel confident about my future.”

Simon Tritschler, Local Business Leader at PeoplePlus in Porth, said: “Adam has grown in confidence since he started with us. His attendance is now almost 100 per cent and he shows complete commitment to his role as trainee administrator.

“It has been a pleasure to see him develop and shine and show his true potential.”

We deliver traineeships on behalf of Careers Wales. The scheme for unemployed 16 to 18-year-olds is delivered at three levels depending on the needs of the individual. It helps boost learners’ numeracy and literacy where needed and gives them classroom-based and work-based training plus advice to help them move into employment or onto further or higher education.

Traineeships in vocational training include mechanics, construction, childcare and warehousing.

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