Nineteen-year-old Nathan Charles from Sheerness managed to secure a unique apprenticeship in a travel company offering remembrance tours by writing an eye-catching application.
In doing so, he became the 700th apprentice to be placed through the KCC’s Kent Employment Programme.
His new boss Nikki Archer-Waring, Managing Director of Spirit of Remembrance, said it was the careful attention to detail in his application letter that really made a difference and caught her eye. Nikki said: “We had been looking for an apprentice for nearly a year so when we received Nathan’s application we were thrilled to see his enthusiasm shine through in it. So far, we are really pleased with Nathan and how he has picked the job up so quickly. He is already processing bookings and payments and will be going to a travel show in November.”
The company specialises in organising bespoke tours around the world for groups or individuals with an interest in the world wars. They attract many different types of people, from someone looking into their ancestry to regimental groups. This has provided Nathan with an opportunity to combine his interest in history and the world wars with a varied apprenticeship opportunity. He is studying for a Level 2 Business Administration through work based training.
Nathan said: “I am really enjoying it. It is different every day, you never do the same thing. I really enjoyed history at school so I am finding this so interesting.”
KCC Cabinet Member for Education Roger Gough, said: “The Kent Employment Programme is designed to get young people aged from 16 to 24 years back into work if they have been claiming job-seekers allowance for at least three months.
“Here in Kent we are having a lot of success finding the right kind of apprenticeships for these young people. I am delighted for Nathan, he really seems to have found a unique role and also for the other 699 young people who were already on a promising career path.”
For more information about how to apply for an apprenticeship or if you are an employer interested in taking on an apprentice visit: www.kent.gov.uk/jobs/starting-your-career/apprenticeships.