Our Ambition Coventry offer, designed to help young people in Coventry get into education or find employment has supported Kieran into an apprenticeship with DFS.
Kieran was referred to our programme by his mother after leaving college as he did not enjoy the course he was enrolled on. On first appearances, Kieran was somebody who wanted to succeed but had no idea as to where he could turn for help or guidance. With support from our staff, we found that Kieran held a keen interest in sports and practical activities. Supported by our staff member, Ashley McBride, Kieran developed his confidence and found an amazing opportunity to undertake a two-year apprenticeship with DFS, where he would be trained to become a Service Manager in Upholstery.
The first week of training for this apprenticeship was to be in Doncaster, where Kieran would have to stay for a week, which Kieran was hesitant about. However, Ashley managed to work with Kieran, selling the benefits of attending the training and the subsequent apprenticeship offer. Upon attending the training, Kieran was successful in completeing the course in addition to making a good impression of himself to DFS staff.
Since completing his training, we have kept in regular contact with Kieran, who is now completing his Duke of Edinburgh award through DFS and wants to volunteer with the Positive Youth Foundation as part of this.
The Ambition Coventry programme has worked to give Kieran a chance he would not otherwise have found. Working with the Positive Youth Foundation and the Ambition team, we have been able to turn around a young person who was short of confidence, motivation and a pathway into a professional who now wishes to support the organisation that supported him.
The Ambition Coventry programme works with anyone between the ages of 16 and 29 who lives in Coventry and is not in any form of employment, education or training. With 20 organisations across the city involved in the partnership, the program is in a unique position to offer a range of support to young people across Coventry.