When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Ethan’s future was put on hold. Like so many educational institutions, Fanshawe College, where Ethan was studying to become a plumber, temporarily closed. When classes finally resumed, Ethan was thrilled to graduate and eager to secure an apprenticeship to get a hands-on learning experience. Unfortunately, the pandemic made it difficult to find apprenticeship opportunities too. Not knowing where to begin, Ethan felt like he was falling behind again.

His mom mentioned Lutherwood Employment Services and with her encouragement, Ethan contacted Lutherwood. Shortly afterward, Ethan started working with two Lutherwood staff who helped him find opportunities so he could secure an apprenticeship.

Melissa, his Employment Advisor, was able to help him with his resume and cover letter. She also gave him advice on how to respond to interview questions. Marguerite, his Employment Consultant, worked with potential employers on his behalf. “My experience with them was amazing. They’re both super nice people and extremely helpful! Any time I had a question about something or needed help with anything, they both helped in any way they could,” Ethan shared.

Before starting the Employment Ontario Job Development Supports program, Ethan considered himself to be an introvert. However, with the encouragement from Lutherwood staff, he built the confidence he needed to pursue his dreams. Soon enough, all his hard work had paid off and Ethan secured his first apprenticeship. “Both Melissa and Marguerite are amazing people. I can’t thank them and Lutherwood enough for helping me get this apprenticeship!”

Ethan’s piece of advice for anyone looking for employment help is to know that “Lutherwood offers so many services to help people looking for employment. The staff is extremely resourceful and so nice. If you need help, don’t hesitate to reach out!”