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13/01/11 - 100 in 100 Case Study: George Stott
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George Stott is 17 and lives with his parents in Glastonbury.  He didn't respond well to classroom learning and left school at 16.  During his last year at school he got a place on the Increased Flexibility Programme and attended Strode College one day a week to complete a level 1 NVQ in Sports and Recreation.  This course and his relationship with Strode Sports and Leisure Tutor Graham Bailey was the turning point for George. 

He had always enjoyed playing sports - he currently captains the Tor Rugby Colts.  And, with the right support, he found that he enjoyed learning about sports fitness and he found a way of learning that suited him and brought the best out of him - hands on learning.

Graham encouraged George to do a sports apprenticeship so that he could train to further his qualifications and career in sports fitness.  But George had to find a work placement.  He knew Rob Taylor, Managing Director of Avalon Leisure, through his involvement in the Tor Rugby Club and asked if an apprenticeship might be possible.  Allister Wood, Manager of the Avalon Leisure Centre in Street, met with George and  Graham to find out more about how the apprenticeship would work, and George got the job. 

"I mainly work in the gym as a fitness instructor.  I enjoy learning the role and working with the other instructors who are really experienced and knowledgeable.  Sitting in a classroom for too long just wasn't for me, but the apprenticeship offers me the hands on learning that I enjoy.  The paper work I do at College is directly related to the practical work I do in my job, and my Strode assessors Graham and Julian Grundy are really encouraging and great role models.  I also like earning a salary - it's a great incentive to work hard.  I live at home but pay my keep and that makes me feel mature, which I like."

Allister Wood, Manager of Avalon Leisure Centre in Street, thinks apprenticeships are great for business and young people.  "Apprenticeships allow young people to get valuable work experience in an industry which interests them and this helps them understand what an employer expects from them.  Employers benefit from having enthusiastic and interested people working for them.  If there is a permanent job at the end of it, the apprentice is well placed to gain employment and the employer will have a great understanding of the employee's abilities."