Charley Perry

A 17-year-old from Pinxton who turned her life around after enrolling at TBG Learning’s centre in Alfreton is now helping others to get their careers on track after landing a job with TBG Learning.

Charley Perry said she is determined to play a part in supporting people to get into work or onto further education after joining TBG Learning in a joint receptionist and business administration Apprenticeship role.

Charley said she sought the support of TBG Learning in December last year having left school with no qualifications and being unhappy with the way her life was going.

She said: “Before I found out about TBG Learning I didn’t know what I wanted to do.

“I was kicked out of school and left with no qualifications and decided to give up. By giving up, I made mistakes, wrong decisions and had a bad attitude with everyone around me including my family.

“As time went by, I turned into a very unhappy person, and finally wanted to achieve something.

“I learned about TBG Learning Alfreton from a flier I saw at Connexions and enrolled on the Foundation Learning programme in December. This helped me to gain functional skills in Maths, English, ICT, personal safety and a chosen vocational subject – customer services.

“As I gained these qualifications, it made me feel better about myself. I felt I could finally do something right, rather than ruin it.

“The staff were really helpful, assisted me anytime I was unsure about something. They listened to me and always provided the right advice I needed. I got to know each member of the team well, and my life gradually turned around from giving up to wanting to achieve more.”

Charley achieved outstanding results in her exams and staff at TBG Learning’s Genesis Centre on King’s Street quickly realised the potential in her. “The staff all commented on how much progression I’d made since I started the programme, which made me feel incredible and I wanted to continue to be a changed person, and remain positive,” she added.

“When I found about the Apprenticeship vacancy within the organisation I jumped at the chance to go for it – and after two interviews I got the job.

“I’m really pleased with how far I’ve come in a relatively short space of time and I’m totally enjoying every moment of it and wouldn’t change it for the world.

“TBG Learning believed in me, and brought the best out of me. I feel I’ve learnt so much and I feel I can use my experience to bring value to the organisation.”

John Mapletoft, team leader at TBG Learning’s centre in Alfreton, added: “Charley has made fantastic strides ever since enrolling on our Foundation Learning programme.

“She is testament to what can be achieved by anyone who is maybe unsure where their lives are heading; that when they put their minds to it and are prepared to work hard they can achieve beyond expectations.

“Everyone spotted how much Charley has to offer and we’re delighted she’s now part of the team.”

I learned about TBG Learning Alfreton from a flier I saw at Connexions and enrolled on the Foundation Learning programme in December.

The staff were really helpful, assisted me anytime I was unsure about something. They listened to me and always provided the right advice I needed. I got to know each member of the team well, and my life gradually turned around from giving up to wanting to achieve more.

Charley Perry
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