18 year old Lewis Gillott joined Acorn Academy’s Innovate programme in October 2014 having left College in August of that year. Prior to joining the programme, Lewis was studying a two year media course at College. During his first year at College Lewis felt that his course wasn’t going the way he wanted and decided to leave. He decided to look for an Apprenticeship instead and enrolled himself on to Acorn Academy’s Innovate programme to improve his chances.
While Lewis was on the programme, a 6 week Business Administration Traineeship vacancy became available within the work based learning department of Acorn Training Consultants. Lewis worked 4 days a week full time gaining valuable real work experience, and studied one day a week in the Academy developing his skills for the role.
Lewis successfully completed his Traineeship and was offered a full time Level 2 Apprenticeship in Business Administration. Lewis is now enjoying his Apprenticeship and the rewards that go with it.
Lewis said “The sign up for my programme was a very easy process and the progression from one programme to another was very quick. Currently I am half way through my Apprenticeship and I’m really enjoying it. I’m always kept busy and enjoy the learning aspect set for me by my Assessor that goes towards my qualification. The work is never that hard but if I am struggling, I simply ask my Assessor for advice on what to do.”
I really enjoy coming to work every day, I’m learning all the time and I’m getting paid. I’m so glad I took the first step of joining the Academy.”