Studied: Skills for Working Life
Progression: Apprenticeship in Property Maintenance
After Sam Wrighton excelled on his supported internship at Hillary Primary School in Walsall, he was offered a role with the caretaking team. He has been working there for almost 18 months. This is while studying a Level 2 apprenticeship in property maintenance.
“The internship was a way for me to try out different things, then see what appealed to me and what I could be good at,” said Sam.
His role involves working across Hillary Primary School and Shepwell Short Stay School. He is responsible for keeping the buildings covid-secure and completing general maintenance. He also helps staff access school resources when they need them.
Sam’s enjoyment of his role built up from his supported internship, which the Walsall College team arranged for him to do. They were also there guiding him throughout his programme.
“I’ve been able to feel comfortable in the workplace and know that the people around me are willing to help,” continued Sam.
“I feel lucky that the college gave me opportunities to work in different places. This is something I’d recommend other SEND students also do if they can. That way they can find work that suits them best.”
The work experience Sam was encouraged to complete at college included volunteering with Walsall Canal and River Trust and at The Light Cinema in Walsall.
Focusing on the outdoor environment and indoor surroundings sparked something in Sam that continues to grow along with his career.
“I love taking care of people’s surroundings,” said Sam. “It’s something that’s become important to me.”
He added: “My confidence has grown so much that I could potentially become a school caretaker. Or even take on a different estates role in future.”