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'Catch22 helped me get a job through an apprenticeship. If it weren’t for the job I can say 100% I’d still be offending now.'

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Catch22 has worked with Aiden for four years. He was first referred to Catch22’s Route to Work team by the Youth Offending Team.

When Aiden first started working with his Project Worker at Route to Work in Northampton he was extremely keen to change his life and stay out of trouble, and had shown an interest in catering. Aiden demonstrated that he was able to sustain employment during his sessions so his Project Worker arranged for an initial meeting with Aiden and Nathan Russell, Director of My Health Hut, an employer with whom Catch22 had a good relationship and who was keen to offer a new opportunity to a young person. Aiden started his apprenticeship the following week.

Aiden expressed his enjoyment with his placement and discussed his career and future aspirations at length with his employer. Aiden would like his qualifications to enable him to work on cruise ships in which he will get to learn more about catering and see the world.

Aiden impressed his panel and had his court-issues tag removed early due to the huge improvements that he made for himself. His Project Worker put him forward to meet HRH Princess Anne when she visited our Northampton service to speak about his experience.

Aidan - catering apprentice

Aiden said:

‘Catch22 helped me get a job through an apprenticeship. If it weren’t for the job I can say 100% I’d still be offending now.’

Aiden’s employer said:

‘Aiden joined my small business as a catering apprentice. He was timid and clearly nervous during his initial interview so he was put on a week’s work trial.

Aiden soon came out of his shell and quickly settled in to the kitchen. He is able to follow instructions and work autonomously while left on his own for short periods.

His work rate from day one really impressed me. He never stops moving and will constantly find things to do around the kitchen. I can honestly say that I have employed staff on a full wage that have not had the work ethic and attention to detail that Aiden exhibits.

As well as food preparation, Aiden joins me on deliveries where his enthusiasm and cheeky charm are greatly received by all of my customers. Aiden’s confidence has grown enormously and he has quickly established himself as a fully contributing, trustworthy and somewhat vital member of our small team.

When given structured tasks to complete and deadlines that must be adhered to, Aiden shows a natural aptitude to work and the professional environment. If Aiden maintains his current level of professionalism and enthusiasm, then I would not hesitate to take him on as a full time employee once he has completed his apprenticeship.’