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  • Developing Pathways to work: Case studies

    • Nina struggled with ‘A’ levels and dropped out of school to re-think her future.  For years she had a passion for criminology and law, but faltered at putting in place the stepping stones needed to achieve a legal career.  Unsure of how to go forward she was referred to GetSkilled, becoming one of the first students to join the pilot project initiated by National Grid.  Initially Nina studied for five days a week at GetSkilled’s Business Learning Centre. Led by specialist tutors she attended sessions covering communications skills, CV and interview preparation, motivation, resilience, employability skills, how to work in a team and helped project manage visits with fellow students.  

      GetSkilled puts a strong focus on work placements allowing students the opportunity to experience a variety of roles.  Gaining in confidence Nina started for a few days a week in a retail role, gradually building to a full week.  Wanting to experience a different career Nina tried an administrative position before starting a placement at a firm of solicitors where she shadowed a legal assistant and attended Court.  Nina also was a civilian observer with the police where she attended briefings and witnessed arrests.  Nina commented, “Working with the solicitors gave me a real insight into legal practise. It strengthened my social skills and gave me the confidence to push myself to do better and really go for my dreams.”

      Re-affirmed in her desire for a legal career, Nina applied and was accepted for an Access course which included International Politics, Sociology and Communication studies. Nina progressed and is taking a Law and Criminology degree.  

      Nina said:

      “My six months at GetSkilled helped me understand what I needed to do to achieve my dream. I am passionate about helping others and interested in championing justice for everyone.  Every step I take now is one nearer my dream of becoming a criminal lawyer.” 

      For information on GetSkilled contact:

      Melanie Rowing-Parker

      GetSkilled Office Administrator

      melanie.rowing-parker@nationalgrid.com

    • “It is a serious problem for our economy to have so many young people unemployed or not being trained and National Grid is to be congratulated for pioneering GetSkilled as an answer.”

      The Lord Jones of Birmingham

       “I have been very pleased to be involved with the Young Offender Programme led by National Grid, GetSkilled follows the same principals. It has inspired individual students and is a pioneering project devised and carried out by National Grid to tackle a major social problem of NEETs within the UK.”

      The Earl of Listowel

      “The GetSkilled pilot including Looked-after children is ground-breaking and it is encouraging to witness how with extra support they are gaining confidence and skills enabling them to go forward and become the valuable recruits that businesses need.”  

      The Baroness Young of Hornsey, OBE