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Employment Services - Good News Story - Matt Boyd

Matt Boyd, a Gardener/Grounds Maintenance Apprentice, was successful in securing a full-time position with the Grounds Services team at Oakleaf Commercial Services.

Prior to becoming an apprentice with Oakleaf, Matt took part in an employability course delivered by Vestia Training. He was informed about the apprenticeship opportunity whilst on the course and decided to apply. Previously, Matt had done a series of factory, labouring and bar jobs but wanted to pursue a career in horticulture and gain the relevant qualifications. He was aware that this was a good opportunity to increase his skills and improve his profile.

We caught up with Matt to find out how he is getting on. Matt said: “I am really pleased that I decided to take part in the two year apprenticeship. I was a little worried at first that I may not be able to cope financially while earning apprenticeship wages, but was able to manage.

“While on the apprenticeship, I was able to build good skills and knowledge around horticulture including the correct use of equipment and maintaining them. I am aware of how to conduct myself with others in a professional manner and have a good idea of what my strengths and weaknesses are in the workplace. An added bonus is that I now have a NVQ Level 2 in Horticulture and have relevant spraying licenses that can be added to my record of achievement.”

If you are looking for a job or have been out of work for a while Vestia Employment Services can help.

Our employability programme is a FREE course open to all residents aged 19+ within the Wyre Forest, the course will provide you with all you need to know about finding work, including;

•        Improving your interview techniques

•        Perfecting your CV

•        Assistance filling in application forms

•        Support with looking for advertised vacancies

•        Access to the internet and computers

•        One-to-one support and advice

•        Further training, apprenticeships and work experience options

For more information, phone a Vestia Jobs Coach on 01562 733133 or email to take your first steps in getting into work.

Published - 11 Jun 2018

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