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National Apprenticeships Week: Hainault man tells how internship at Romford school helped turn his life around

PUBLISHED: 07:00 05 March 2018

Jodeci Joseph helping Crownfield Infant School pupils on his apprenticeship.

Jodeci Joseph helping Crownfield Infant School pupils on his apprenticeship.

Sarah Andrews

A former apprentice from Hainault has revealed how his year helping teach at a Romford school helped turn his life around.

Jodeci Joseph receiving an apprenticeship award. Jodeci Joseph receiving an apprenticeship award.

The 11th annual National Apprenticeship Week runs from Monday, March 5, to Friday, March 9, and is designed to celebrate apprentices’ positive impact on individuals, businesses and the wider economy.

Jodeci Joseph, 20, who is originally from Hainault but now his family have moved to Newbury Park, successfully gained a teaching and learning apprenticeship at Crownfield Infant School, in White Hart Lane, Romford, in 2016.

“To be honest I was at a loss when I applied, I had had a rough time going through my A-levels struggling with anxiety and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder,” Jodeci told the Recorder.

“I knew I wasn’t going to be able to go to university and would need to take a year out to recover, and I found myself looking up apprenticeships on the government website and applying for one.”

And just like that, Jodeci turned what could have been a lonely year out of university into an experience that helped him realise one of his dreams.

“Working with kids at Crownfields really sparked something in me,” he said.

“It taught me a lot about responsibility, and about how you have to get out of bed in the morning, put a brave face on and get through each day. because you’re not just doing it for yourself, but for the kids as well.

“It also taught me that I really like working with young people.”

And sure enough, after completing his Level 2 qualification during his apprenticeship, Jodeci began studying geography at the University of Hertfordshire.

Despite being in only his second year, he has also founded Motiv8, a company that offers inspirational speaking workshops to schoolchildren, and was named runner up in the London Apprentice of the Year competition 2016.

So what advice does Jodeci have for someone who might be thinking about taking on an apprenticeship?

“I would say that completing an apprenticeship was one of the best things that I have ever done.

“It gave me the skills to pursue what I wanted from life and I would 100pc thoroughly recommend it.”

National Apprenticeship Week 2018 takes place from 5 to 9 March.

The theme is ‘Apprenticeships Work’ to showcase how apprenticeships work for individuals, employers, local communities and the wider economy.

Employers looking to find out more about taking on an apprentice should visit: hireanapprentice.campaign.gov.uk.

People looking for more information and support on applying for an apprenticeship can visit: getingofar.gov.uk.

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