Apprentice Nicholas Boscott is making up for lost time after “dropping out” of full-time education at the age of 16 with no idea of what he wanted to do.
The teenager had completed the last of the 10 GCSEs he passed at secondary school in Oxfordshire, fully intending to enrol at a sixth form college in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.
However, when that did not work out, Nicholas found himself working at a garden centre in Solihull instead.
He has also finally succeeded in getting a college place, after enrolling at Birmingham Metropolitan College on an apprenticeship in a bid to further his fledgling career.
Nicholas, who is employed by online garden centre plantmenow.co.uk, which is based at the Eastcote Garden Centre in Solihull, is now looking ahead to starting his NVQ Level 3 in January next year once he has completed the initial Level 2 course he began last month.
He said: “I really want to further my education because I dropped out at 16. I want to continue doing something and to further my skills in the job I am doing.
“There must be a lot more I can learn and my boss thought it would be a good opportunity to push me forward.”
Nicholas added: “I hadn’t got any direction of where I wanted to go when I left school at 16. I was meant to leave school and go on to sixth form college, but that didn’t work out.
“My mum, who owns a garden centre a few miles away, heard about this job working for a website so I applied and got it.
“I do all the day to day stuff, from answering the phone to packing orders.
“I am enjoying it. I feel quite involved because it’s only a small company, but I feel an important part of the team.
“The part of the apprenticeship course I am doing at the moment is to prove what I am doing is right, but I then hope to be able to learn a lot more which will really further my career.
“I am really glad to be back in education.”