Konrad came to the construction centre to start our first traineeship cohort back in January. He was quite shy at first, opening up as the course progressed. He had no problems interacting with the other learners. To start with he did have problems with attendance and punctuality, which was due to having to look after his siblings sometimes when his mother was away. This was taken into account to help Konrad progress.
He did well in the construction tasks that were set and excelled in theory sessions. When out for his work experience he progressed well and dealt with his responsibilities in an adult fashion.
Employer – “It’s been a good experience with Konrad, he came with the basic skills, which he has been developing throughout his time on site.”
Employer – “Overall the experience with Optimum Skills in the recruitment and delivery of the qualification has been very good. Optimum have been very hands-on, directly communicating with us to ensure that Konrad is getting on okay and that we are happy with everything. Tracey has visited regularly so there is also plenty of face to face communication to discuss issues. Given more effort, Konrad could really excel in this field.”
Employer – “I would definitely recommend this traineeship programme to other employers, to take on an apprentice through work experience. Konrad has proved to be an excellent addition to the team, and as a result I have offered him an apprenticeship.”
Konrad – “The experience in the centre was good, I’ve learnt how to lay bricks and a bit of joinery, I’ve been able to use the skills I gained at the academy here on my work experience. My confidence has steadily grown and I hope to get an apprenticeship once I’ve completed the programme. I would recommend the programme to friends, it’s been a great experience.”
Konrad has now secured an apprenticeship with DK Gell after successfully completing his work experience. When Konrad was offered the apprenticeship with the employer his face was full of joy and excitement.