He was out of work for two years before he stumbled into a job – now Dylan Jones has been hailed as an ambassador for apprenticeships.
Dylan accidentally put his details forward for an apprentice scheme, and was soon snapped up by the Blackpool money lender 1st Stop.
He had gone into a Job Centre to make inquiries about jobs and filled in a form which he thought was a job application.
But it turned out to be a an application for First4Skills, which puts people forward for apprenticeships.
He started at his first “proper” job in November, and less than five months later is up for Apprentice of the Year at the National BTEC Awards.
His boss, director of group services Diane Paterson, said: “Dylan is eager to learn, always on time, well spoken and nicely presented. He shows other apprentices there is a future for them in lots of different environments – he’s a real ambassador for young adults in business.”
Dylan, who has just turned 19, said he had grown up since starting as an apprentice.
“I feel more mature and knowledgeable, and I’m a lot better for it,” he said.
Dylan, from Layton, has beaten hundreds of apprentices to make the finals of the national awards. He will hear within weeks whether he will attend the final ceremony.
Apprentice helped make a difference
Dylan Jones applied for his apprenticeship through First4Skills, which carries out interviews and puts prospective employees forward for positions.
Claire Bibby, area manager at the firm, has been involved in Dylan’s Apprentice of the Year application with 1st Stop.
She said: “Dylan has single-handedly turned around the negatives some businesses have towards apprentices.
“He has been put forward for this award because of the difference he has made to the business.”