Young producer gets his career on the right track

An aspiring music producer from Liverpool is now on the way to securing the career of his dreams, thanks to a Garston-based alternative education provider.

Ryan Sinclair, 18, Speke, struggled to find his feet after finishing college. He had a keen interest in music and music production, but lacked the confidence and direction to develop these ambitions further.

Employability Solutions, a social enterprise that launched in 2012, helped Ryan realise his full potential, and supported him in gaining a place at Liverpool’s SAE Institute, studying Music Technology.

Through a personalised scheme delivered by Claire, Nadia and the team at Employability Solutions, Ryan discovered how to develop his talents and realised what he was truly passionate about.

Claire Cook, Chief Executive at Employability Solutions, said:

“When we first met Ryan, we saw a lovely young man with plenty of untapped potential. Ryan had a dream, but needed to be introduced to the appropriate skills and pathways to take control of his future.

“Over the summer break, Ryan could have easily fallen in with the wrong crowd and lost his aspiration like so many young people from across the local area.

“Ryan’s mother recognised this problem. She wanted to provide her son with an alternative solution and encouraged Ryan to contact us.”

Ryan soon became involved with event planning for the organisation, and pledged his new-found confidence to ‘Liverpool Talking Newspaper’, a charity project that provides visually impaired individuals with audible news updates.

Through these projects, Ryan discovered a supportive community of like-minded people and was equipped with the independence, confidence and knowledge to drive his ambitions forward.

Ryan Sinclair, student at the SAE Institute, said:

“My mum was worried that I lacked direction, and that I might fall into crime because of it, but I’m finally on the path I want to be on and it feels absolutely great!

“I dreamed of becoming the next Mark Ronson or a big name in the world of music, but I didn’t know which courses were available to me or what steps to take to get a place on them.

“Contacting Employability Solutions allowed me to unlock my potential; they supported me with my UCAS application and enabled my personal development with their hands-on programme.

“They also helped me find a part time job to support my studies, and coached me throughout both application processes by practicing interview techniques with me. Thanks to them, I got the job, and the place at SAE.”

Employability Solutions has a number of programmes to assist young people, in or outside of education. The organisation equips young people with practical and vocational skills and offers financial support to those who cannot access conventional education.

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