New job boost for Mansfield apprentice

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A MANSFIELD apprentice has landed a permanent role with a local company after a training specialist helped him to create his own job.

Jamie Bourn, 18, has joined web design specialists, Purpose Media, as an Online Marketing Co-ordinator after asking the company to employ him as an apprentice, with Government-funded training provided by South Normanton-based Positive Outcomes.

Jamie, who started with the company when he was 16, has now completed Levels Two and Three of his IT Apprenticeship.

Jamie said: “I attended college briefly at 16, but I didn’t enjoy it and I was keen to work in IT.

“I contacted Positive Outcomes looking for an apprenticeship in IT, but at the time there weren’t any suitable roles in the area.

“They were very helpful and supportive, suggesting I approach local companies to explain how they would receive Government funding to train me and to see if they would be interested in employing me as an apprentice.

“I liked the idea of an apprenticeship, being able to earn a wage alongside learning is a big incentive to choose this type of training over going to college or university.

“I’ve really enjoyed the apprenticeship and I feel I have learned a lot of new skills.

“I’m now trying to broaden my skills further in all areas of the company, as I believe this will be more valuable and will give me more options for the future.”

Jamie recently celebrated success at the Chad Business Awards, scooping the Apprentice of the Year award after being nominated by his boss.

Matt Wheatcroft, Managing Director at Purpose Media, said: “We didn’t have any jobs available when Jamie initially contacted me, but he explained about the Government funding that would pay for his training and I was impressed that he was using his own initiative to find an apprenticeship – he has basically created his own job.

“Jamie is hard working and enthusiastic, he has earned his place within the company and has really grown within the role.

“I would encourage other employers to find out more about taking on an apprentice, as you can ensure they are trained how you want them to be and they can become a valuable member of staff.”

Julie Millott, Engagement Officer at Positive Outcomes, said: “My advice to Jamie was to contact local companies he was interested in working with as an apprentice and I would then follow this up by introducing Positive Outcomes’ services.

“Jamie was very enthusiastic and so very determined; he called me about Purpose Media, I called them introduced the scheme and arranged for Jamie to have the interview.

“We are delighted that Jamie has enjoyed a brilliant start to his career and has had his efforts rewarded by landing the Mansfield Chad’s Apprentice of the Year award.”

Find out more about becoming an apprentice by visiting www.paidtolearn.co.uk or call 0845 643 5566. Alternatively, find Positive Outcomes on Facebook and Twitter.