James’s Story

James came to the Junction Foundation after having trouble finding work and struggling to figure out exactly what he wanted to do.
He had been supported by a different provider however felt that they were not meeting his needs. He decided to transfer to The Junction Foundation as he had heard that we have a person-centered approach and the ability to support individuals to reach their potential.

James was very interested in working in a trade, particularly as an Electrician having completed a previous work trial. The company he had experience with wanted to take him on as an Apprentice, however the employer was extremely busy and worried about the finances involved in taking on an Apprentice.The Junction Foundation supported James and the employer to apply for an Electrician apprenticeship course through JTL Training, completing the applications and saving the employer time. We supported him to purchase personal protective equipment and tools for his apprenticeship which saved him and the employer £375.60. We  also worked with Routes to Employment and Tees Valley Combined Authority who supported the employer with grants to reduce the financial pressure of taking on an apprentice over the age of 18.

James’ apprenticeship means he will have employment for at least four years and will finish with him being a fully qualified Electrician. This was an amazing accomplishment for James and it was excellent to see such a vast increase in confidence in such a short period of time!

James was thrilled with the support he received from The Junction Foundation and is really enjoying his apprenticeship.


“I’ve had a great experience working with The Junction Foundation and my support worker especially, has been a massive help in getting me into what I’ve aimed for which is an apprenticeship.  The Junction helped me into the apprenticeship and I’m really enjoying it so far!”