A big welcome to Michael Reagan, Brighter Futures newest Apprentice employee! At Brighter Futures we don't just advocate that our learners should take advantage of the apprenticeship route into employment, we also believe in providing the Apprenticeship route as a pathway to come and work for us!
Michael finished his GCSE’s with good grades but the idea of taking his A-Levels didn’t appeal to him as he did not want to continue onto University. This was because as he states “…I didn’t really know what I wanted to do, I might have gone to University and not continued in a career associated with the degree I took, leaving me in a lot of debt for nothing.”
The Apprenticeship route appealed to Michael as he “…wanted to start a career where I could get my own my money behind me whilst learning in a job role at the same time…” Michael started applying for sports coaching Apprenticeships with providers on the Liverpool City Region and in the meantime, he took up a role with his dad working for his telecommunications installations business, based all over the North West.
Unfortunately, due to a new contract Michael’s father was successful for, Michael was unable to continue in this employment as he did not hold the required certifications requested by the contractor. At this point, Michael came across an advert for the Study Programme at Brighter Futures and applied. The Brighter Futures Study Programme is a course designed to improve the employability of young people aged between 16 and 18 that also includes a work placement in an area that appeals to our learners, in Michael’s case sports coaching at Everton Free School. During the Study Programme, Michael excelled in his BTEC L1/L2 First Award in Business – Sports and ILM Level 2 Extended Award for Young Leaders thanks to his tutor, Barbara Travis, who “…supported all of the learners to pass the course and provided helpful and informative resources.” As a result of Michael’s good performance in the business module of his Study Programme course, a role in business started to appeal to him and he started looking at Administration Apprenticeships.
As part of National Apprenticeship Week, Brighter Futures and Sysco decided to run a recruitment process that would result in the recruitment of an Apprentice during the week. It became clear to us during the Study Programme that Michael would make a great addition to the team and we invited him along to take part in the interviews. During the interview, Michael used the advice and tips he had received during the employability sessions, making sure to “…highlight what I am good at before explaining why I am good at it…”. Michael impressed the Brighter Futures managers hugely during the interview and was offered the role shortly after.
Michael is looking forward to the role as he feels it will “…definitely improve my confidence in business environment. It will help me to be more organised and develop my IT skills, especially in managing spreadsheets. I definitely feel the qualification will improve my career prospects and I can’t wait to get started!”