“Taking someone on work experience gives us the chance to find out about a potential candidate more than we would from just reading a CV. Tom showed us right from the off how enthusiastic he was, and we were very impressed by his commitment and attitude to work. So when we knew we were looking at taking on some new apprentices, he was encouraged him to apply.”
Head of Human Resources at OCL
“Getting young people into work is a clear priority for us. Our work experience initiative provides the chance to work in a business and for people to showcase their talents, which can really give you the edge in a tough jobs market. Thomas has clearly made the most of his opportunity.”
Chris Grayling, Minister for Employment
Thomas Cooper, a 17-year-old boy from the Alt area of Oldham is one of seven new Modern Apprentices taken on by Oldham Community Leisure (OCL), after he impressed during a six-week work placement with the organisation, arranged by Jobcentre Plus.
Thomas had been struggling to find work since August 2011, despite having an NVQ in Sports Activity Leadership. He was told of the work experience opportunity by his Jobcentre adviser, and started in January. It didn’t take long for OCL to realise they had a special candidate on their hands.
The apprenticeship programme within OCLL provides paid employment for individuals whilst receiving on and off the job training.
In addition to the qualifications and experience OCLL are also registering their Modern Apprentices on the Register of Exercise Professionals to demonstrate their commitment to employing qualified and competent staff.
The candidates are currently undergoing a specialised induction which introduces them to the company before going live at their allocated sites next week.
Since it was formed in November 2002, Oldham Community Leisure has operated the facilities in partnership with other agencies to improve the health, well being, and physical activity for the people of Oldham.
OCL is proud to be involved and committed to the Apprenticeship scheme, which is improving employment opportunities for the residents of Oldham.