Luke’s story

Luke, a former GM Talent Match programme trainee

Luke really is living the dream, having relocated to the bright lights of New York City for an amazing role in television.

However, it wasn’t an easy journey for 24-year old Luke from Salford. When he joined Antz Junction in 2015, he had very little confidence and had been struggling to gain employment for several months.

Antz Junction supports charities, social enterprises and helps local people in Greater Manchester to get back into work. The team works with over 200 businesses, giving Antz Junction members the opportunity to meet employers and engage in work experience, resulting with an interview at the end of placement and the potential for further work. Antz junction works in partnership with GM Talent Match, providing Talent Coaches to help support  young people.

With Antz/Talent Match support, Luke undertook a range of work experience, including working on reception and in the IT department at Antz. Here he was able to interact with a wide range of professional people. He quickly became a key a member of the Antz family, receiving support from Talent Coaches, directors and the rest of the team. His regular sessions with Talent Coach Becky allowed Luke to set small goals, whilst also looking at his long-term targets, hopes and dreams. Luke was also lucky enough to be able to pursue his passions for both TV and IT with a work experience placement at the BBC.

Luke gradually came out of his shell, even attending a range of networking and social events to help build his confidence and self-esteem further. This empowered Luke and enabled him to secure employment with Salford City Council and then JD Sports.

Earlier this year, Luke noticed a job advertised for a runner position on one of his favourite TV shows, the U.S. comedy series Impractical Jokers, which involves hilarious, hidden-camera hijinks. With a host of work experience now under his belt, including working in a TV production environment, he had the confidence to apply for the role and complete an interview via Skype with members of the production team.

Fast forward six months, and Luke has truly achieved his goals, pursuing a career working on the show and living in a New York City in an apartment over-looking Madison Square Gardens.

Luke’s Talent Coach, Becky, said: “I am so proud of what Luke has achieved. He has proved that with the right support and commitment anything is possible. I look forward to going out to see him in NYC in the not so distant future!"