Justice Appiah with Manager Steve Bonnici

The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London has helped 25 year old Justice Appiah find a full time IT apprenticeship after four years of searching for employment.

Justice, who previously studied Electronics, wanted to pursue a career within the IT Industry but found it difficult to break into without any experience or qualifications within this subject.

After contacting the College about an IT apprenticeship, he was put on the Job Search Workshop programme to develop his job application and interview techniques, and improve his chances of securing an apprenticeship with an employer.

The Job Search Workshops are run every Friday for people with a Level 2. Delivered in a class environment, the workshops helped Justice get back into a routine. He was given one to one support and advice on his CV and covering letters.

After several weeks of preparation, Justice was put forward for an apprenticeship at Chiswick Computers.

Previously, the College's IT Department had worked with Chiswick Computers to develop the role, ensuring it was a good fit for an apprentice, and had enough information to prepare Justice for his interview.

As well as using the skills he had learnt at the workshops to research the company, he was given a mock interview to prepare him for his formal interview with the employer.

As a result of his hard work and commitment Justice secured the apprenticeship.

Training on the job, Justice now works four days a week at Chiswick Computers and attends College one day a week where he is working towards his IT Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3.

Delighted with his opportunity, Justice said: "I'm so happy that after four years of searching, the College gave me the help I needed to find a job. I knew I had the ability but polishing up my interview techniques and getting valuable advice was essential.

"I want to progress onto my Level 4 and within five years I'd like to be working for a large corporate company in IT Customer Service and Technical Maintenance."

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