Working towards an apprenticeship

Thomas (not real name), swearing and cursing, arrived at Catapult very discontented, having had knock back after knock back in his job search. His medical diagnosis of ADHD (inattention and hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development) was exhibited in his aggressive approach to our service. Thomas was aware of the way his condition affected his behaviour and he suggested he would like a position that would leave him physically and mentally tired at the end of the day. While working with Thomas, we found that he had done some work experience while at school with a Brick and Block laying company. The company was identified and the owner, who remembered Thomas being a good worker, agreed to have a formal interview with him. Thomas started work the very next day and was enrolled to complete a Site Safe Passport. With some support from both the training organisation and Catapult staff, he successfully completed the passport. That was in February 2014. Two years later, in February 2016, all Thomas’s hard work, commitment and reliability paid off and he was rewarded with the offer of an Apprenticeship with his employer. Persistence and patience has paid off for the employer, who now has a valued employee to contribute to his business, and for Thomas, who has a job which he enjoys and a good working future ahead of him.

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