Apprenticeship placement for local Swindon man

Bradley Bowles joined the Work Programme at TBG Learning Swindon in September 2015 looking for support in returning to work.

Bradley Bowles joined the Work Programme at TBG Learning Swindon in September 2015 looking for support in returning to work. Bradley had a positive attitude towards gaining employment and considered all areas of work that he felt capable of doing. He felt his main barrier to gaining employment was his lack of experience and suffered from low confidence because of this. His long term goal was to gain secure employment in an administrative role.

As Bradley was suffering from anxiety and low confidence, his advisor suggested he attend the WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Planning) information session, delivered at TBG Learning centre. The WRAP sessions are used world-wide by people who are dealing with mental health and other kinds of health challenges by people who want to attain the highest possible level of wellness.

Bradley attended the weekly WRAP sessions which had a positive effect on his wellbeing and self-esteem. He settled in with the rest of the group and found these very helpful.

He was offered an exciting opportunity by his advisor as an Apprentice Administrator with a large Swindon based logistics company Howard Tenens.

This role was very suited to Bradley as it offered the chance to gain valuable experience in a busy working environment whilst working towards a qualification. Bradley attended the interview and Howard Tenens were very impressed. They offered him a one week work trial to see if Bradley felt comfortable in the position, and to make sure it was right for him.

Both Bradley and the managers at Howard Tenens thought the trial went very well, and so he was offered the position to start on 11th January 2016.

Bradley has settled in really well and is enjoying his new job.

I would say to anyone who’s thinking of joining TBG Learning that it’s a great opportunity to take. I felt that my life wasn’t really going anywhere because I felt that I couldn’t achieve anything, but TBG Learning got me motivated.

It’s nothing like school, they treat you like young adults and are all really friendly and are there to help you and support you in whatever way they can.

Keri Suett

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