My Study Programme
Written by Matt Allman Posted in Education and Learning, Careers
Interview with Sophie, who is currently studying on the ONIT course at 4rce training, Ipswich. This is a year long course designed to help young people who are NEET or who are leaving college to participate, motivate themselves, improve personal skills and employability skills while also improving their qualifications. The aim is that afterwards they will either return to college or enter work, apprenticeships or further training afterwards.
What did you do between leaving school and now?
I left school and started at college but didn’t like it so I left, I then started to work part time at a local store over Christmas. I liked it but it was only seasonal so it stopped and I had nothing to do again.
What do you like about your current training course?
I like the variety it has to offer; we do team building and quiz each other. I have met lots of new people! We also do sports but I got hit with a ball once and it hurt.
I am looking forward to the girls' day, we are all going to have a pampering session and at Christmas time we are going to London; I'm looking forward to going shopping there.
I also feel comfortable on the course and I think this is really important.
What qualifications will you get?
I am working towards getting my Maths and English up to a Level 1 grade and also I complete units on personal development and team work.
What sort of things have you tried to do before and how have they worked out?
I really want to be a hairdresser and went to a training centre but think my lack of confidence let me down. I did then apply to college but was told my grades were not good enough.
What has the Youth Contract helped you with?
Matt and the Youth Contract has helped me with motivating myself. Also it has helped me with finding out what is out there as I did not know about training providers, apprenticeships and where to start with it all. I also now know more about my skills and what level I work at so that I understand what I need to do to improve them.
What do you want this course to lead onto next?
I want to find a placement in a hairdresser's while on the course. I then want to re-apply to college next summer and study hairdressing level 2.
What advice would you give to other young people who are not sure about what to do around work, apprenticeships and training?
Just don’t give up, see what is out there and find something that you like. It’s really important you find something that suits you.