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A visit to Skills London decided John's future

07 July 2016

“At the time, when I was 16, I was confused. I went from wanting to be a doctor to wanting to be lawyer. Skills London opened up different opportunities and possibilities for my career and future endeavours.”

Before Prospects

John grew up on a council estate in West Norwood, South East London. John enjoyed sixth form, studying history, sociology and English literature at A level. At 16, confused about what he wanted to do in the future and convinced that university was not the right route for him, John received a leaflet from his sixth form about a careers event called Skills London.

John recalls his sociology teacher telling him: “There’s nothing worse than waking up to a 9-to-5 job that you don’t enjoy”, something he says, he will always remember, and which led him to the conclusion that an office job, or sitting down filing paperwork was not the sort of career he wanted.

What Prospects did

John chose to attend Skills London, the biggest jobs and careers event for young people in London run by Prospects and partner, London First. At the event, John went to the Thales stand and from there started talking to one of the apprentices who gave him the information and knowledge about the Apprenticeship Scheme.

Following this, John was determined to apply for the Apprenticeship Scheme and after the event Danny continued to be a great support to John. Danny advised him to continue with his education and do well in his A levels. Alongside his A levels, John worked as a gardener and to gain basic engineering skills, John also worked for his friend’s MOT garage.

Outcomes and results

John attended Skills London saying: “At the time, when I was 16, I was confused. I went from wanting to be a doctor to wanting to be lawyer. Skills London opened up different opportunities and possibilities for my career and future endeavours.”

John applied for the Thales Apprenticeship Scheme and was successful!  He hopes to finish his three year apprenticeship and work for Thales abroad.

When asked if he would recommend Skills London to others, John replied: “Yes, definitely! Skills London is the start of a bright future for everyone. Skills London has 200 exhibitors willing to talk to you, willing to talk about how to be successful in the future.”

Now training to be a railway signalist, John returned to Skills London 2015 to represent Thales, only two years after meeting Danny at the Thales Stand as a student. Tasked with speaking about the apprenticeship scheme to students, parents and teachers, John was also chosen to meet Boris Johnson.

Thales has provided John with a life-changing opportunity, a clearer career path and an exciting future ahead, and he would urge others to attend careers events, such as Skills London. 


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