Arty Apprentice gets a hands on role with help from Starting Point

14 Sep 2017

Featured Jobs/Apprenticeships

Apprentice Ayisha Withington has come a long way and is now putting her artistic skills to good use in a new role thanks to St Helens Chamber.

After the birth of her daughter Ayisha was keen to start a career but felt apprehensive about making the first steps back in to the world of work. As a highly creative and artistic individual, she wanted to find a job that would allow her to use her hands on skills and creative abilities.

Ayisha was referred to Starting Point where, with her adviser she was able to improve her CV to reflect her unique skill set. She said: “Kieran helped me to build my CV, I had a basic CV but we worked together to improve it.”

Through Starting Point Ayisha was also able to explore different employment opportunities that she hadn’t considered in the past.

She said: “I was able to look into jobs that I didn’t know existed, as I didn’t want to do an office job. Starting Point helped me find jobs that were suitable for me in terms of the hours and pay. I’m quite artistic and my current role is all about making things and working with your hands.”

Ayisha’s creative skills also extend to cake making and in addition to improving her CV and looking for work through Starting Point, she explored the idea of starting a cake decorating business and met with one of St Helens Chamber’s Start Up advisers. Ayisha began to see that her skills opened the door to many possibilities and although she has decided to continue with cake decorating as a hobby for now, she gained confidence from the experience.

Around the same time, Ayisha was matched with an Apprenticeship vacancy for a local window blind company, who were looking to take on an Apprentice to work on the shop floor creating made to measure blinds.

The vacancy appealed to Ayisha’s creative side and she impressed the company at her interview. Ayisha was offered a Manufacturing Apprenticeship with the company and is on her way to a fulfilling career.

She said: “The highlight of the whole thing for me was getting the job. It all happened really quickly, I came to Premier Window Blinds for an interview and started the next week. I have settled in well to the job and my bosses are really nice.”

Kieron Hersnip, Career Coach at St Helens Chamber said: “It was clear to see that within minutes of meeting Ayisha that she was a very talented artist and a creative individual. Ayisha was unsure of what career she would like to pursue but was quite focused on using her creativity.

“We continued to tailor Ayisha’s CV to highlight her creative skills at the same time explaining her passion for combining her skills with working to manufacture a product.

“She has overcome so many barriers around confidence and she is now realising her own potential.”

For more information on employment opportunities please contact Starting Point on 01744 7463880 or email info@thestartingpoint.org