I didn’t enjoy school but I wanted to work with children. I knew that for me to get an Apprenticeship I needed to have my English and maths so I came to K2.
I discussed placements with Jacqui and she found me a placement in a hotel within 2 to 3 weeks. Three of us started at the same time; one left as she didn’t enjoy it. I have actually been offered a paid job there.
I had to have an interview and the questions were all about me and work. I was nervous but my Tutor had prepared me well for it. I got offered the placement.
I was really scared when I first started; it was a BIG place but the people were nice and they provided me with a uniform. I felt part of a team and soon settled down. I was shown how to do things and I learnt new skills such as folding napkins, setting cutlery and polishing glasses; I had never done anything like this before and I found that I actually enjoyed it! – It was new and interesting.
I am more confident now – before I was shy but now I can talk to anyone; business people, young and the elderly, even difficult and rude people.
Teamwork activities in class really helped me with my communication skills. I didn’t know anyone when I first started.
To get to work and my placement, I have to get 2 buses. My work experience is on a Thursday and Friday from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm but my paid job is over the weekend. My early shift starts at 6.30am and finishes at 1.00pm. The late shift is from 2.00pm to 11.00pm. My mum drives me some days but I am learning to drive as I am being paid more than the minimum wage.
By being at K2 and my placement, I have become more independent, more mature and I don’t rely on other people so much. I am more enthusiastic about working; I’m going to be asking for more paid hours.
Being at K2 is different from school; I get treated as an adult, teachers don’t have attitude; they listen! It is a more mature environment than school and it prepares you for work.