In our latest employment case study, we share how Logan* overcame his low confidence and lack of qualifications to secure a part-time job and make positive plans for the future.
Logan was referred to our Building Brighter Futures course by his Project Worker at Barnardo’s. Despite previous experience working with CCG Construction, including gaining his CSCS Labourer card, Logan lacked confidence and job hunting skills to take his next steps. He also struggled with a lack of qualifications, poor timekeeping, and poor attendance.
Being practically minded, Logan was attracted to the Building Brighter Futures course because of the four-week work experience placement at our Move On Wood Recycling workshop. He was also keen to take part in our interview skills session to gain experience applying for jobs and in practice interviews.
As well as great attendance on the course, Logan attended an extra day to visit a construction site in Edinburgh in collaboration with Morrisons Construction. He showed great ambition and motivation to work in the construction industry, asking lots of questions relating to a career in joinery.
Logan also engaged well with other young people on the course, showing a strong ability to work well within a team. He provided encouragement to participants practicing for their CSCS card; collaborated with others to complete the build of wooden planters for outside our Edinburgh office; and chatted to the rest of the group about his experience in construction.
After completing our interview skills session, Logan applied for a part-time role at Greggs bakery and, using his new skills and experience, managed to secure the job!
As well as earning a wage, Logan is planning to apply to Edinburgh College for a course in construction, particularly in carpentry and joinery. While he used to struggle with job hunting, Logan now feels confident searching for local opportunities related to construction and completing applications.
Looking back at the course, Logan says:
“I thought Building Brighter Futures was extremely useful. My next steps are to go to college or to get an apprenticeship.”
Our next Building Brighter Futures course starts on Tuesday 20th February and will run on Tuesday and Wednesday for eight weeks. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP to sign up or to refer a young person.
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