Callum Lyon from St Helens attended Launchpad, a pupil referral unit and had not attended mainstream school for some time.  Whilst at Launchpad, Callum achieved Functional Skills qualifications in English and Maths, as well as an Award in Employability.  He had also had spells of work experience at two local garages.  On leaving Launchpad, Callum was referred to The Skills Company by his Connexions personal advisor.

Because Callum had not attended mainstream school, the staff at the St Helens training centre were unsure how he would fit in to a classroom based environment. Callum came for an interview and spoke to Placement Consultant Dan Hughes, where they discussed mechanics and working in a garage as a possible career option. Dan also discussed the benefits of Callum working towards his GCSEs in Maths and English.

An interview for a Work Placement in Motor Vehicle was set up for Callum with Rob, the manager of Parr MOT Centre, a local garage offering MOTs, servicing and repairs.  Rob said he could see real potential in Callum, who had a keen interest in bikes and cars, and was willing to give him a chance.

Callum started his work placement in October 2014, and at the same time, started his GSCEs at the training centre, as he could see that this would help him in his ambition of gaining an Apprenticeship in Motor Vehicle.  He was working two days a week in the classroom and initially doing one day a week on placement.  

It wasn’t long however before Callum asked could he do extra days at the garage as he was enjoying it so much and learning such a lot from Rob. Because Callum was doing so well in his GCSEs, it was agreed that he would increase his placement days, and both Callum and Rob were happy with this.  By now Rob had also offered Callum a Saturday job.

Callum was keen and showed initiative throughout, taking on extra responsibilities when asked to and helping Rob out with other young people.  Callum is now waiting for his GCSE results and was delighted to be taken on to a full time Apprenticeship in Motor Vehicle with Parr MOT Centre and The Skills Company.

Callum said “If it wasn’t for The Skills Company I would not have been given the opportunity to gain my Apprenticeship.  It feels good to be working and I have learned new skills which have helped me.  I can now afford to pay for driving lessons”.