Tom Mitchell left school with Ds in GCSE Maths and English, and didn’t know what he wanted to do next. Castle Ham Lodge offered Tom a job as a support worker and recommended an apprenticeship with Skills Group. After completing his Level 2 and Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care, Tom has joined South Western Ambulance Service as an Emergency Care Assistant.
I never really enjoyed school. An apprenticeship was great for me because I could be in education outside of the classroom at the same time as being in the workplace. If you can earn money while you’re learning, you have the motivation to do it. I also like the fact that doing an apprenticeship gave me the opportunity to progress in my career.
If I went back to school now, I would tell students, “Work as hard as you can, but even if you leave with Ds like I did, get your Functional Skills and you can do whatever you want to do.” I’ve been told that I can apply to enrol as a student paramedic in 12 months via the progression route.