Learning Support Helps Drive Automotive Apprentice to Achieve

May 25, 2016

News that the government has announced a taskforce to help more people with learning disabilities to access apprenticeships will be a boost to those school leavers that need additional learning support when considering their next steps this summer.

But while the government considers the make-up of this group, expected to include employers, training providers, charities and educational experts, additional hands-on learning support is available now through Remit Training’s Learning Support Team.

The mix of practical experience and supported theoretical knowledge provided by an apprenticeship was an attractive option for car-mad Ciaran Lowen, who is severely dyslexic and has struggled with learning following a head injury aged just eight.

Now 21, Ciaran had an interest in cars from a very young age but after finishing school with no GCSEs, his dreams of a career in the automotive trade could have been finished before they started without the support of Remit Training’s Learning Support Team.

Said Ciaran, “I was off school for a long while which has had an impact on me. I’m also dyslexic which can be frustrating and makes learning a challenge. By the time it came around to doing my GCSEs I just wasn’t bothered and I left school with no qualifications. There are days when I regret that and think I should have found a way to do my exams but at the time it just felt too hard.”

Remit Training supplied Ciaran, a light vehicle technician apprentice at Saxtons 4X4 in Chelmsford, with an Apprentice Development Coach and Learning Support Coach to help guide him through the modules of w
ork, ensuring his ‘excellent’ practical skills were supported by the functional skills he needs to achieve his apprenticeship.

Now working towards his Level 3 qualification, Ciaran couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunity his employer gave him five years ago when
he came to them as a 16-year-old school leaver.

“The owners had previously had bad experiences with local colleges and lost confidence in taking on apprentices,” Ciaran said. “I persuaded them to take a chance on me and told them I wouldn’t let them down and I would put in the effort to get my qualifications and learn my trade.

“I think I helped convince the managers that apprentices are good for the business. They’ve now taken on more apprentices both as technicians and parts advisers.”

“When I started I was carrying out really basic tasks, but now I have my own ramp and am experienced enough to carry out a wide range of jobs.”

“I’d like to be able to show people what you can do if you put your mind to it. I’m not as academic as some and I know there are lots of other people who are the same.

“I’d like to be an example to people at the end of their school life, to explain why things were hard for me and what I have achieved. I would also tell them what I would do differently if I could go back and do it again. Not sitting my GCSEs wasn’t a good move and I would always tell people to try and stay in school and at least give exams a try. Even if things don’t go as planned, if you work hard and have goals you can get where you want to be.”

Remit Training has a number of vacancies in the automotive sector and can provide individual support for those with additional learning needs. To find out more about how Remit Training could support you call us on: 0115 975  9550