Success Stories: Connor Jo Hooper

We caught up with Connor who is currently working on our Automotive Full Time Course – a hands-on programme that is designed to prepare you for an apprenticeship and the world of work. We had a quick chat with Connor to find out more about the course and his future goals after he finishes it.

“The course is a great way to get experience before starting an apprenticeship as it offers the chance to do a work experience placement with a top local garage as well as receive training in Skills Group’s workshop. I’ve learnt how to handle hazardous materials, PPE, and how to use equipment properly and safely, such as an air gun. At the end of the course, I’ll start an apprenticeship feeling more confident and armed with basic industry knowledge – it’ll narrow the gap between school and work.

“My favourite aspect of working as a mechanic is the satisfaction you feel when you get the job done. In the future, I’d like to do an apprenticeship and then keep growing in the trade. I’d ideally specialise in engine and bodywork as those are the areas that interest me the most”.

Well done and good luck Connor!

To find out more about our Automotive Full Time Course and Apprenticeships, please visit HERE

I just wanted to say the biggest thank you to Vanessa, my trainer. You have made my journey so much easier, I don’t know what I would have done without you. You have been amazing and helped me to achieve my qualification. You’ve guided me through every step of the way, I really appreciate it, Vanessa, you have been my rock.

Katie Shorland, Level 2 Hairdressing

I always struggled in school as I wasn’t very academic, so knew learning on the job would be a better option for me. I would find it difficult to get up for 9am but now I wake up and look forward to my day. I wanted to try a hair apprenticeship as I’ve always been interested in hairdressing, and by the end of the first week, I already loved it!

Jaimee Benson, Level 2 Hairdressing

I have developed a range of new skills through work including the technical, industry skills required for the job, to personal development such as ensuring I am always on time. The biggest change since leaving school is adjusting to the independence you gain from earning a salary. My advice to anyone thinking of doing an apprenticeship would be find what you like doing, and go for it!

Will Birch, Level 2 Bricklaying

Since starting the apprenticeship, I’ve become far more confident. In a classroom, you only interact with your classmates, but through working you develop your people skills as you interact with customers on a daily basis. At school, you are closely monitored and parented, however I am now more independent and feel grown up

Sam Collard, Level 2 Light Vehicle and Maintenance Repair

The most important thing I’ve learnt since leaving school is that there are other routes to success than just academia. I failed my GCSEs, as I never suited the school environment. Now though, I’m really enjoying my apprenticeship as I’ve discovered I learn more through hands-on practice.

Ben Freeman, Level 2 Carpentry

I would just like to thank you and your team for all the amazing work they do, you have provided me with the most invaluable experience which has helped to pave the way of my future. The work you do for young people is incredible!

Luke Kowalski, Teaching Assistant and former apprentice at Sir Robert Gefferys School