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Sukhraj Nijjar - Youth Employment Support Officer

Written by: Fiona Narburgh
Published on: 7 Feb 2024

Sukhraj Nijjar -  Youth Employment Support Officer, Wolves at Work 18-24 Team, City of Wolverhampton Council

Sukhraj is a Youth Employment Officer at the City of Wolverhampton Council within the Wolves at Work 18 – 24 Team. He completed a level three apprenticeship in business administration. This was a 15-month programme delivered by HIT Training with online support, in addition to on the job learning. Since completing his apprenticeship, he has been employed by the council and is now a permanent member of the team!

After doing my degree in Sports Science I was struggling to find work and I was unsure what I wanted to do career wise, that’s why I decided to apply for this apprenticeship as I wanted to build my skills so I could help others.

The best thing about doing the apprenticeship was all the learning and training on the job I shadowed my manager Sarah to learn about how to take notes in meetings and about projects we run such as the Youth Summit, bringing together employers with young unemployed people. Learning on the job really works as you get to directly experience the work. I’ve also had lots of training to build my skills. The one-on-one presentation skills really made an impact as I was quiet and anxious, and this course made me communicate in front of groups of people – it helped build my confidence

Since completing the apprenticeship I’ve been taken on by the council as a Youth Employment Support Officer within the Wolves at Work 18 – 24 Team. Wolves at Work 18-24 is a free service co-ordinated by City of Wolverhampton Council and supported by local employers and partner organisations across Wolverhampton. Together,  they support the city’s young people aged between 18-24 into employment, improving skills, gaining qualifications, and ensuring that no-one in Wolverhampton is left behind.

I would highly recommend anyone who is looking to do an apprenticeship to always look at WMJobs. The support and development opportunities for apprentices at City of Wolverhampton Council is varied and the on-going support is excellent. I wouldn’t be where I am today without this apprenticeship; I’m hugely grateful to the council.

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