Insights Building skills for the future: Ben's story
06 July 2017

Building skills for the future: Ben's story

Ben Marsh - Enhancing Apprenticeships Essex

Ben Marsh, 20, had spent several months looking for work when he found out about Seetec’s exciting new programme for 15-24 year olds which included digital skills training for the workplace. He had a keen interest in technology and social media – and had been teaching himself the basics of graphic design via YouTube – so this seemed like the perfect opportunity to build on skills he already had and use them to improve his job prospects.

Ben had suffered from anxiety and panic attacks in the past - which made it difficult for him to get out and meet new people - however his tutor at Seetec made him feel at ease throughout the three-week programme. His confidence grew as he developed a variety of online skills and found out about the types of jobs open to him in the digital sector. He said,

“The course has been brilliant! It’s taught me so much about using social media for business – from building business pages for different audiences on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn to finding out about e-safety and avoiding online hackers!”

Ben’s tutor, Lana, was delighted with how far he’d come in such a short space of time. She said,

“Ben’s confidence has really grown.  He’s learned so much about using social media for business and how important it is. This has inspired him to consider jobs that involve the use of digital media and he has a bright future ahead of him in this sector.”  

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Throughout the course Ben also worked closely with his employment adviser at Seetec to explore next steps, and has now decided to apply for college courses in graphic design – this way he can combine his passion for technology with his natural creative abilities. He’s excited about the opportunities this will open up for him in the future, and is planning to pursue a career as a graphic designer or CAD designer.

To find out more about opportunities to take part in this programme – and upcoming course dates in your area - just leave us your details and one of our friendly advisors will be in touch.