6:00am Wednesday 21st August 2013
By Steven Hugill
A JOB seeker who endured 200 failed job applications has proved perseverance does pay off after finally securing an apprenticeship.
Ryan Smith applied for two apprenticeship vacancies every week for two years without success, but has now been taken on by Stannah Lift Services, in Gateshead.
The 20-year-old, from Dunston, near Gateshead, is working as an office administrator at the stairlift installation and maintenance firm, after help from Access Training, in the Team Valley.
Access offered him a six month course to develop his interview skills and confidence, which helped him land a 12-month business administration apprenticeship.
He said: “I wanted an apprenticeship because I wanted to be working and getting qualifications at the same time, so I put everything in to looking for one. “I did a few temporary jobs while I was trying to get an apprenticeship but after looking for so long I was on the verge of giving up because the older I got, the smaller my chances were becoming.”
Mr Smith is the fourth apprentice Stannah has taken on through Access Training, and Helen Brown, office manager, praised him for his enthusiasm and ability.
She said: “Ryan really stood out and is doing well in the role.
“We tend to favour taking on apprentices because it is easier to train someone who will be new to the systems we use and apprenticeships we invest in stay loyal to the company for long periods.”
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