Matthew Tyler, Apprentice, Leading Lives

mathew-tyler“I was studying IT at college but didn’t find it very rewarding, and decided I really wanted to do a more practical role helping people rather than sitting in a classroom.

Through volunteering at a learning disability service near to where I live, I knew that was what I wanted to do.

“During a careers fair at college I met the Project Coordinator from Care Careers Suffolk who gave me lots of advice and information on how to find an apprenticeship..

” I was able to access some pre apprenticeship training and then through their advice was able to find a suitable placement that was right for me. I did my work placement at Leading Lives and really enjoyed it, and was really pleased to be offered an apprenticeship.

I have found it to be a great way to interact with people, and it is a more practical, supported way of work, with ‘real world’ experiences. I hope that once I have finished my apprenticeship and gained some more practical experience I could progress to a more senior role.”