Success Stories: How Ollie achieved his dream career

Oliver Pound is a bright, enthusiastic young man, full of life and ambition, it’s no wonder he was recently nominated by his employer for Plymouth City Council’s Our Stars Awards.

Ollie, has always been sports orientated, playing for Plymouth Argyle Football Academy for 10 years and taking part in half marathons for charity. He always knew he wanted to pursue a career in sport and liked the idea of combining this with teaching.

After starting his A Levels, Oliver realised it wasn’t the right route for him, although he could gain the knowledge, it was the practical experience he really wanted to benefit from. He applied for an apprenticeship with Skills Group and was put forward for a Sports TA opportunity at Compton Primary School. After a tough interview process he was successfully appointed.

“I lead PE lessons, and have introduced improved activities in before and after School Clubs through brain games and sports activities, to keep the children engaged and re-energised ready for their lessons. I am also involved in the new Netball and Football Academy scheme, I go away on residential trips and take the children to competitions.

I never thought I would love my job so much and be given so many opportunities. It’s rewarding to feel like I am having an impact on the children’s lives, watching them grow and develop and seeing the positive impact of the work I am doing. They talk to me and respond well to my activities – I have even been given cards and presents at the end of term!”

Oliver was nominated for the Our Stars Awards by the Head and Deputy Head Teachers at Compton Primary School, they recognised the commitment and professionalism Ollie has shown throughout the year.

Mr Phillips, Deputy Head Teacher commented, “Ollie is an outstanding young man, he gets stuck into everything he does and has an incredible amount of gumption. He has built a very professional rapport with both his colleagues and the children, who love him.

He grabs every opportunity and has been instrumental in introducing new activities and techniques to keep the children mentally stimulated. Since he has been with us, we have noticed reduced behavioral issues with some of the children through his ability to keep them engaged with sport.

He is outstanding in every area and an invaluable member of the team.”

Ollie has now completed his Level 3 and has successfully secured a permanent position at Compton Primary School as a PE Specialist.