From our trainees
Acorn Nursing Home
Lauren was Qube's 50th Traineeship achiever! Lauren came to Qube much undecided about what she wanted to do. She had been with training providers before who seemed to have given up on her. Lauren had never had an interview, had confidence issues and had been bullied most of her life. I placed Lauren in a couple of different settings before she settled into a kitchen role. “I am very grateful to Qube and everything they have done for me. I would not have a job if it was not for them and I am so happy”. Lauren was offered a full time Apprenticeship position at Acorn Nursing Home upon completion of the Traineeship and is now completing a Kitchen Services Level 2 qualification.
Laura had always wanted to work in childcare but had previously not been successful in her applications and thus Laura’s self-confidence was low. She wasn’t aware of the Traineeship programme but once Qube explained about the programme she was extremely keen to undertake one. Laura demonstrated all the requisite skills and personal qualities for the role, moreover, her enthusiasm for the role has been infectious. She successfully completed her Traineeship at Scribbles and since Laura’s first day she has shown a passion for the role, and keenness to learn to help build her future career in Childcare.
After finishing school in the summer of 2016 without the grades he was hoping for, Bradley set out to find himself an Apprenticeship in mechanics. Frustratingly he was unsuccessful, often receiving no response or acknowledgement to his applications. Bradley contacted Qube Learning who suggested that a Traineeship would be better for him as he would gain experience in the industry whilst also working on his maths and English with a tutor on a one to one basis. Qube found a local garage, Curtis Auto’s, who had an excellent track-record of training young people and were keen to take Bradley on. Bradley completed the Traineeship and is proud to be undertaking an Apprenticeship at the garage. Garage owner Craig Curtis said that from day one Bradley was fantastic, turning up to the garage early and showing a real willingness to learn and develop new skills. The future for Bradley is now very bright thanks to his determination and hard work.
Inspiring Apprentice Cooks Up a Dream Career
Nathan Bingley left college unsure about what he wanted to do for a living, or even as a part-time job for that matter. He enrolled for the Jobseeker’s Allowance and applied for positions with the Job Centre every week, until he was told about a vacancy as a Kitchen Assistant at a venue close to his home. Instinctively Nathan said yes, although he admits this was in part because it was a fast and easy commute. He submitted his application and a few hours later was called in for an interview.
Nathan commenced the role as a Trainee supported by leading training provider Qube Learning and moved on to a paid Apprenticeship after an initial 12 weeks. For Nathan this Apprenticeship was going to be life changing. With the encouragement of his Qube Learning tutor Paul Taylor he was able to overcome serious anxiety problems during the period and completed his Apprenticeship feeling more confident in himself, and with a craft he is passionate about. Nathan elaborates:
“Although I really enjoyed the work, I did struggle at times and even considered leaving, however, Paul, my tutor, really kept me going which I am so grateful for. I have now got qualifications to my name, skills that I hope to hone for years to come and ambitions I am excited about.”
Nathan now works in Saltaire at an inn with a great reputation, producing really good food that he is very proud to cook. His aims for the immediate future are to absorb as much knowledge as he can to keep growing as a skilled chef. He then hopes his cooking expertise will take him around the UK, or even the world. Nathan concludes:
“I would really recommend those leaving school consider an Apprenticeship. I wouldn’t be where I am today without having done one and finally feel there’s a positive path ahead for me.”
Paul Taylor, Localism Partnership Manager from Qube Learning, supported Nathan throughout his Traineeship and Apprenticeship. Paul comments:
“Nathan is a great source of inspiration for many young people. He has used his Traineeship and Apprenticeship to develop himself both professionally and personally and I know he has a very bright future in the culinary world. Apprenticeships not only provide a chance to learn whilst you earn, but also give people the support they need to progress forward.”