Learner Case Study: Paul Johnson

Tuesday, August 15 2017

Each month we ask our graduates to fill out a survey to let us know what they’re up to since they completed their course and one lucky person is drawn to win a prize of £50 in shopping vouchers.

It’s an amazing opportunity to get your hands on some ‘wonga’ – if you’re a CT Skills graduate you can fill in the survey here and be in with a chance of winning.

Anyway, June’s winner was Paul Johnson (58) from Mapperley, Nottingham.

Paul was unemployed having been made redundant by his employers after they went through a reorganisation. 

Having worked in sales for 30 years, he wanted a change and, at the same time, found himself looking after his ill daughter when he left his job.

That was when the idea that he could work in care came to him.

Paul went along to the Job Centre where he was referred to CT Skills to take part in one of our Sector Based Work Academy programmes.

He enrolled onto one of our two-week Health and Social Care courses which provides you with training, relevant qualifications and, crucially, a guaranteed interview at the end of the course with an employer who has jobs available.

Paul did exceptionally well on his training course and was offered a job following his interview with the charity Autism East Midlands.

“If you’d told me a few years ago that I was going to end up in care work looking after autistic adults, I’d have said ‘I really can’t see that happening’ because at the time I wouldn’t have even thought about it,” he said. 

“However, the moment I knew the career change was the right one was while I was on the CT Skills course.”

Paul started his new job on May 8th and is “really enjoying it”, while working closer to home with a better work pattern means he’s loving work more now than ever before. 

So going back to the vouchers, has Paul got his eye on anything to spend the winnings on?

“I’ve got a new granddaughter and two other grandchildren as well so I’ll probably treat them.”

Paul has managed to go from being unemployed to really enjoying a new job in a brand new career, all in the space of a two-week course. 

He said: “It’s brilliant. The course couldn’t have been better because there’s an interview at the end of it and you got lots of support and training too.

“I’m no youngster and I was entering a completely new profession which is very very challenging. So the beauty of CT Skills is that they give you introductory training [to support you].”

If you’re looking for work or want to start a new career, like Paul did, then CT Skills could be for you. Give us a call on 0115 9599 544 or email

By Jarrad Johnson, PR & Communications