We are delighted to have joined the Improving Lives Plymouth – 110 Club. Improving Lives Plymouth is a local charity that provides information, advice and support services for people with disabilities and long-term health conditions, and their carers.
By joining the 110 Club, we are helping Improving Lives to make a real difference to over 17,000 vulnerable people every year. The charity offers a range of services from veteran support, sensory solutions for those with concerns over sight or hearing, to assistance with long-term condition self-management.
Sarah Lloyd, Marketing Manager at Skills Group, says, “At Skills Group, we are committed to giving back to the local community and championing worthwhile causes. We are pleased to partner with an organisation that has made such a positive impact to the people of Plymouth and we look forward to working closely with Improving Lives going forward as a member”.
To find out more about the charity, please see 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.
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!
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!
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
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.
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!