WREXHAM-based students with aspirations of teaching spoke about the support and positive impact a newly-developed course has given them.

Based in the clubhouse of the Brickfield Rangers – a football team with over thirty years’ experience of promoting sport in the community – JM Recruitment Education and Training is helping youngsters get their foot on the career ladder in education, training and sport.

Some of their students gave testimonials about the support they have received from their entry level NVQ course and their hopes for the future.

Kayla Roberts, 26, told the Leader how she was working as a mature student with JM Recruitment towards her dreams, despite health concerns that were getting in the way.

She said: “I joined the course in November after looking for teaching assistant jobs, because I already have a teaching assistant qualification, and I saw this was an apprenticeship and thought that this would be the best route for me.

“I have a lot of health issues and, even after completing the course before Christmas, I now stay and volunteer with some office admin work. It’s all really useful experience for building up my confidence and giving people that real-world experience.”

Another student, Alice Davies, spoke about how the course offers new and exciting ways to learn – including regular practical sessions and guest visitors including Home Secretary Priti Patel and Wirral-based kickboxing champion Lee Charles.

Erin Nightingale, a third student who is aspiring to become a sports teacher, said: “The course is great. It has helped me to boost confidence and given us all a different outlook on working life.

“The practical side of the course and getting prepared for real world work placements is something I enjoy, people have gone into schools, gyms and sport centres. I like the fact that we are all getting the experience that employers want as well as the classroom skills.”

Andrew Ruscoe and Gavin Hooson are the men behind the course provider in Wrexham, giving young people the opportunity to thrive locally.

Andrew told the Leader: “This is not about taking on a wage and just getting numbers in – we want these young people to do well, get the support they need and have the opportunities they are capable of.

“It is very student focused here and we work to the best of our ability to make sure people are on the track they want to be on and help them succeed. We adapt and we plan out the best way of getting people to where they want to be at JM Recruitment.”

For more information about the course, contact Gavin from JM Recruitment on 07934664432 or email gavin@jmret.com.