Apprentice gains in-house promotion with Disability Action Yorkshire

Pictured are ! Luke Messenger and Training Manager, Denise Baynton

A charity employee has been promoted after successfully completing his training.

Luke Messenger – who joined Harrogate-based Disability Action Yorkshire as a learner in its training centre to help develop and build his skills – so impressed the team that he was asked to apply for the post of Apprentice Learning Support Assistant.

In addition to studying for a Level 1 Learning Support Assistant qualification at Leeds College, his internship saw him attending in-house training sessions, which included safeguarding and the use of technology in the teaching environment, as well as working closely with new and existing learners.

Now, after successfully completing his apprenticeship, he has become a fully-fledged Learning Support Assistant, and in turn has become a role model to a number of those he works with in the charity’s Hornbeam Park training centre.

Luke said. “I’m absolutely thrilled to have been given this step up in my career with Disability Action Yorkshire.

“I feel incredibly lucky in the first place to have been asked if I’d consider becoming an apprentice, and now, being this promotion. Having proved myself as an apprentice, I’m now looking forward to proving myself as a Learning Support Assistant.”

Jackie Snape, Disability Action Yorkshire’s Chief Executive, said: “Luke has been an absolutely fantastic apprentice, and during his apprenticeship, he has consistently demonstrated to be a hard-working, reliable and popular member of the team, and therefore we are delighted to give him this promotion.

“As a disabled person himself, Luke is a fantastic role model for the people we are working with who want to be in paid employment.

“He understands their frustrations and the regular knock backs, having experienced them himself, and is able to demonstrate that it is possible to achieve your aspirations.”

Mrs Snape added that job opportunities for people with disabilities were limited, and Disability Action Yorkshire was actively working with businesses to offer placements and opportunities for those who are looking to lead as an independent life as possible, with employment being a key priority.

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