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Jade, age 19

Before the BT traineeship, neither my partner nor I had jobs and we were both claiming benefits. My day didn't include much. I spent most of it looking for jobs but I wasn’t having much luck. Sitting around not working wasn’t something I was happy about.

I didn’t have a lot of work experience and that meant it wasn't easy for me to get interviews. I knew that gaining some on-the-job experience was my only chance to get started and kick-start my career. I’d been unemployed for nine months before beginning the six-week traineeship with BT.

The traineeship has helped me get my foot in the door, earn money and find my own way onto the career ladder. This opportunity helped me to get my life back on track. I would certainly recommend getting involved - it is the best thing that could have happened to me.