For almost a year we’ve been recognising the achievements of our learners by announcing a Jobseeker of The Month.
Quite often people take advantage of our Employment Pathway scheme to get a free CSCS card, Basic Food Hygiene certificate or Sage Bookkeeping and gain employment thanks to their new industry-focused qualification. However, this month’s winner Lee Hester did something a little unusual. He found a job….with us! This is Lee’s story.
Back in January Lee was referred to our Stockport centre by the local Jobcentre, so he could gain qualifications in Maths and English to help him find work.
“When I first came to the centre, I didn’t have any qualifications,” Lee told us.
“I knew I needed to get some to get a decent job, so I decided to go into adult education.”
Lee put his heart and soul into his studies and after just a few weeks, he’d passed Entry Level 3 and Level 1 in every subject we offer. Lee also completed Level 2 in Maths and IT, gaining two qualifications that are equivalent to a A*-C grade at GCSE. A great achievement for someone who didn’t have any recognised qualifications to his name before.
His academic success didn’t go unnoticed at the Stockport centre and even before he was offered the job as a Trainee Support Tutor, Lee was already displaying the attributes of a Tutor in the making.
“Sometimes when Andy (the Lead Tutor in Stockport) was on his own in the centre, I used to help some of the learners out who were struggling with the online programmes,” he admitted.
“I was a bit surprised when Andy suggested putting me forward for the job but I was delighted to get the opportunity to prove my worth.”
After a successful interview, Lee was offered the role of Trainee Support Tutor earlier this month – a role Lee didn’t think was on the cards back in January.
“Originally I was interested in getting a job in construction – but this role is far better!” he joked.
“Coming here as long as I have, you start to realise what a great environment it is.”
“You see people working hard and achieving their goals – that makes me happy and I’m delighted to be able to help people every day.”
Despite a varied career so far, Lee seems to have found his niche with his new role and is sounding excited about his future prospects.
“If I can help people achieve their goals in my day job – I’ll be a very happy man.”
“But who knows? If I work hard and do well in the job, maybe I’ll be Tutor one day?”
With that kind of attitude, I’m sure that day won’t be too far off for Lee.