A teenager has been taken on as a full-time apprentice at a care home charity after shining on a traineeship scheme.
Aylesbury-born Mike Dearing is now a permanent member of the team at the Fremantle Trust, which provides care homes, day care and supported living schemes across five counties including Bucks.
The not-for-profit charity – which has its HQ on Belgrave Road – has recruited the teen through a partnership with Aylesbury College. Launched this year, the scheme intends to give students aged between 16 and 19 workplace experience for a sixteen week period.
They’re given ‘on the job’ responsibilities and can develop work and life skills for the future, as well as have a taste of the type of work they might want to enter into after the scheme.
After successful completion of the traineeship, students can progress to an apprenticeship where they can get involved in a variety of roles across the trust’s care homes for older people and disabled adults.
Mike, 18, said: “They are really supportive and have enabled me to get involved in many different aspects of the job, which means I gain lots of skills valuable to my career progression.”
Aylesbury College’s executive director of engagement and business development Tim Keighley said: “The four month traineeship programme combines English and maths study and employability skills training with a high quality work placement. We’re delighted with Mike’s success.”