The future looked very bright for Sam, from Bromborough, when he started his engineering course at college.

However, his plans and aspirations took a complete turn when he was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease – Sam had no other option but to give up college to focus on his health.

23-year-old Sam came to PeoplePlus on the WorkProgramme and soon started an Intermediate Apprenticeship in Warehouse and Storage with Microspec, a maker and supplier of laboratory equipment. His main role has been to support the production team and pack orders ready for dispatch.

Eileen, our Skills Assessor/Tutor from Warrington, first met Sam in October 2014 when she was assigned as his assessor.

I realised in my first meeting with Sam that he was behind on his progress. I worked with Sam to help him plan what he needed to do and he proved to be a committed learner.

Sam attended every meeting as planned, met the targets agreed mutually and produced work within the deadline consistently. His determination paid off – he completed the course earlier than was due, which was remarkable given that he had to spend several weeks in hospital in the time he was on the programme.

Although Sam is required a special diet and lifestyle to maintain a good health, he always kept a positive attitude and worked hard to achieve his learning goals.

I really enjoyed learning in this Apprenticeship, it has helped a lot in my work and deciding what career path I would like to take.

His tutor, Eileen, says:

Sam was a pleasure to work with, he was committed and I could always rely on him to have completed the planned work on time.

Microspec are delighted to have a reliable apprentice as part of the team:

Sam has become a very important member of our team and is keen to learn and shows initiative. Hopefully he will have a long future with our company.