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Preparing for Employment

Case Study C

Case Study "C" completed his schooling at Orleans Park he was supported with a ‘Next Steps’ interview. He decided that Vocational Travel and Tourism BTEC at Kingston College would give him more vocational experience and help him to work on employability skills, such as teamwork and group presentations, which "C" had found challenging at school. 

"C" explained to us how his special educational needs detailed in his EHCP, ASD and ADD, affected him, having a short attention span and having difficulty in piecing together vast amounts of information.  

Due to this, he was offered support prior to the start of his college course to help him prepare and navigate the induction process and ongoing support to ensure that he settled in. He was also supported to source appropriate work experience placements. 

Following his year’s BTEC "C" applied and went for interviews with a number of travel-related jobs that we were able to help him identify including the British Airways Apprenticeship Scheme where he got through to the 2nd round

"C" was successful in obtaining an apprenticeship with Transport for London following a very competitive interview process.

 

What is your current job and what does your role involve?

My role is in transport planning which includes bus planning, sorting out tables etc. PVR - Peak Vehicle Requirements, analyzing journey times and lay overtime. 

 

What training did you undertake to get to where you are today and are you still working towards any qualifications?

I attended Kingston College on the Travel and Tourism Level 2 course. 

 

What support did you get to help you achieve your goals?

"C " said of his support from AfC’s Vocational Pathways advisors.

“They gave me every bit of support and more and they always have the young person’s best interest at heart.”

 
Has the employer been supportive?

The employer informed others of my diagnosis which has helped them to understand me better. They do allow me extra time for me to process but my passion for this work usually means that I manage it well. I also get extra time at college. The people here are lovely.

 
What is the best thing about your job or apprenticeship?

The best thing about my apprenticeship is that I get access to really insightful TFL resources which makes me feel very powerful.