We caught up with one of our Digital Innovators Skills Programme participants, Anthony. He tells us how he found the programme, what he was able to gain from it and what he is looking forward to in the future.
What were you doing before you started the programme?
“I had been working as an engraver for 16 years, using lasers, diamond drag and sand engraving machines in the trophy industry. Then Covid-19 hit and I was made redundant, meaning I was unemployed.”
How did you find out about the training?
Once you’d discovered the programme, what actually made you decide to join?
“I had been out of work since September 2020 and was very low in confidence. This low confidence was exacerbated by my age (52 years old) and the fact that I have only ever had one interview. I thought the programme would give me the confidence boost I needed, whilst also being able to gain some extra skills.”
What did you think of the training? How did it help you?
“The training was just what I needed.“
“The training itself is very good, with a lot of support when needed. The tutors were patient with us and explained everything really well. I never felt out of depth (although sometimes I was a little nervous). Ultimately, this course has given me a lot of confidence.”
Were there any barriers or obstacles you had to overcome?
“There were no barriers for me to overcome in terms of joining the programme. Although, if the course had not been online, I may not have been able to attend as I have very limited funds available for travel. I am lucky enough to own a laptop with decent internet connection as well as some programme’s that have helped for our final project.”
What impact has the training had on your life?
“The impact has been great. I’m not as worried about the future as I once was.”
“It’s given me a much-needed confidence boost and an insight into different working practices – as well as a lot more skills I could use in the work place.”
What are your plans for the future?
The most immediate plan is to get a job. However, the range of jobs I will be looking at has expanded due to this course.
How has the programme prepared you for employment?
The programme has given me the confidence to look for a wider range of employment opportunities. Not only this, but by teaching such things as resilience and how to maintain a good work-life balance, I believe that life in the future will be a lot less stressful.
What would you say to someone who was thinking about doing the training but wasn’t sure?
I would simply tell them about my experience and how the tutors are good and supportive.
I would also tell them that the course is challenging but fun and with the support given by the tutors, it is definitely worthwhile.
Thanks Anthony! Your story is inspiring and we’re so glad you found our programme so worthwhile. Here’s to the future…