Having moved to Cornwall from Leicestershire Jacob Pawley joined the college not knowing anyone and a bit nervous and quiet. He really enjoyed sport but realised that this was not going to be the career path for him and so opted to undertake the employability course. This year long course helps students to gain work skills which includes: confidence building, teamwork, experience of preparing your CV, applying for jobs as well as the work experience itself. Graeme Wynn, Tutor said, “students are encouraged to widely explore the job market using a variety of careers advice, online tools and resources. Some go straight into employment, others into apprenticeships or back into full time college courses. This year, we are strict, don’t get me wrong, this is not an easy option, but gives students the opportunity for a bit of breathing space to mature, embrace college and learning and decide on a path to follow.”
Graeme continued, “with the support of the staff and his peers on the course Jacob grew in confidence. Jacob had the time on the Employability course to research his profession and making sure it was really for him. Communication was also the key between the course and his parents in giving him the encouragement he needed to pursue the career he really wanted to do. With support given by the Public Services Lecturers at the college and the army careers service jacob made his application to the army. At the time of joining there is no way Jacob would have felt able to attend interviews and even travel to London for a medical!
Jacob has been accepted into the Royal Artillery Gunners and starts training on 5th November. His mum, Liz said, “ This is definitely the right choice for Jacob, I haven’t seen him so motivated and excited about this new challenge. Thank you for all your help and advice I really appreciate all you have done for Jacob.”