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Andrew’s Story

Fifty-year-old Andrew came to St Loye’s looking for something different. After many years working in engineering, Andrew had a heart bypass and couldn’t rejoin the industry he knew. What followed at St Loye’s was a complete career transformation, with Andrew leaving to work in the Social Care industry.

Starting completely afresh, Andrew decided to try the Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) course after discussing it with his Case Manager. He said: “I didn’t have any particular career in mind, I just needed to do something different, and something for me. I was surprised by PAT but it’s turned out to be very useful for me in my new job.”

After completing PAT, Andrew decided to take on another course. “I’d always been told that I was good with people and I enjoy helping if I can, so I decided to also do the Health and Social Care course. It was great for me, I really enjoyed the practical learning style and now it has led me into work.”

Andrew found the environment at St Loye’s really helpful. “I made a lot of new friends who I’m still in contact with now and I got involved with the football team which was great fun for me. I’d recommend anyone to come here, but you’ve got to want to do it and make a success of it.”

He was also keen to stress the level of support he received even after finishing his courses. “I had my CV checked and had the chance to buy a suit for any job interviews I would get. The help St Loye’s gave me was fantastic.”

Andrew now works as a Support Worker for people with learning disabilities.

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