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National Apprenticeship Week 2016 - Jade Catterall

National Apprenticeship Week 2016 - Jade Catterall

 Jade CaterallName Jade Catterall

Age 23

Location: Sustainable Communities

Which housing association do you work with and at which office?

Twin Valley Homes, Re-use Together

How did you get your apprenticeship?

I have always wanted to work with young people so when my brother told me that there was a position available to work with young people I emailed my CV and cover letter and started volunteering for two weeks to see if I would like it, I was then interviewed and offered a two-year youth engagement apprentership. I accepted the apprentership as I wanted to give back to the community and help young people the way that I have been helped in my past when I really needed help.

What are your normal working hours?

Normal office hours

What does your day to day work involve?

My day involves organising programmes that we run for young people, for example we run a Grow programme which is an employability and life skills programme that helps young people aged 16 – 24 to get into employment or further education. It is my job to book venues and partner agencies as well as promote and deliver the programme. I also have an admin duties.

Are you working towards a qualification?

I have completed my NVQ level 2 in my first year of my apprentership and am now working to gain my Level 3 Diploma in youth work with Blackburn College.

What do you enjoy about your work?

I enjoy working with the young people and being able to help them to the best of my ability, going home after being at work knowing that I have managed to make a young person’s life that little bit easier is so rewarding and gives me a joyful feeling.

What’s the most challenging part of your work?

I find that the most challenging part of my job is actually working with the young people, but I find it challenging in a positive was as working with young people has helped me to understand myself more and more, and for this I am grateful.

How does working life compare with school/college life?

I feel that school life does not prepare you for working life. I didn’t really learn anything at school.  When you leave school and you get a job you have responsibilities, bills to pay and to know that I’ve worked hard and pushed myself is an amazing feeling.

What are you learning from your apprenticeship?

I am learning a lot about how I can help young people and about the different kinds of issues young people may come across in their lives. I have also learned how to be more confident and approachable.

What do you think your next step will be after your apprenticeship?

When I have finished my apprentership I want to go to college and get my counselling degree as I want to become a counsellor in a young people’s prison.

What are your future career goals?

I want to get my counselling degree and become a full time counsellor in a young people’s prison as I want to be able to help these young people be able to realise their potential. I want them to know that everyone deserves a second chance in life.

Please write a social media post about your apprenticeship in less than 140 characters.

#youngpeople #supporttheyoung  #youthwork #everyonedeservesachance


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