On Friday 4th June, Juniper were pleased to welcome Gavin Williamson to their Head Office at Hilton Cross Business Park, Wolverhampton, where he met with members of the team, current students and students/apprentices who have further progressed into apprenticeships and employment.

Lesley Holland, Managing Director of Juniper Training said “this was a great opportunity for us to provide an insight as to how our students are trained, developed, supported and progressed onto opportunities such as apprenticeships, further education or sustained employment. The pandemic has been a challenging time for the education sector, but our fantastic team have risen to the challenge with creative training initiatives to keep students motivated and on progress with their studies; whilst maintaining their mental well-being”.

Students also had the opportunity to share their experiences of studying at Juniper Training and what their plans are moving forward.

Ben, one of the students who progressed from our Building Futures programme onto a Juniper Roofing apprenticeship said “he was really down to earth, interested in what we were doing and wanted to hear about the support we have been provided at Juniper, especially with achieving our maths and English and gaining an apprenticeship”.

Favour, who is currently undertaking a childcare study programme told Gavin that “Juniper have helped me in getting a work placement in a local nursery school and gaining maths and English, despite my disability. This has encouraged me to want to get a job in a special school in the future, working with pupils with disabilities”.

Other students went on to say how studying at Juniper Training has helped to build their confidence levels and increase their motivation, and discussed various topical issues with Gavin during his visit.