Achieve GM ETE Key Worker Richard explains how he supported Kevin, who was on probation, to move into a role in the construction industry.
Richard said: “Kevin was recently released from custody when I began working with him in probation. He was eager to progress and get into work in the construction industry, so I began by providing some industry advice, and explaining how a CSCS card (Construction Skills Certification Card) could help equip him in his job search.
“I referred him to a three-week CSCS course, delivered with one of our partners. This included CSCS training, and supporting elements such as employability and money advice. I was also able to help him access funding for the CSCS practice app, so that he could revise for the test.
“During the final days of the course, Kevin was supported to create a new CV and he used this to apply for a job as a labourer. He was successful with his application and began a two-week volunteer role with another of our community partners.
“I stayed in regular communication with Kevin during the course, and also organised food bags, a ruck sack and a sleeping bag when he had need of these.
“Through the GM ETE beneficiary fund, we were able to provide Kevin with PPE equipment for the construction industry, including boots, hard hat, and hi-vis clothing. Without this, he wouldn’t have been able to take on the volunteer role.
“Kevin successfully completed the volunteering period and as a result was offered full-time employment.
“The combination of guidance and practical support helped keep Kevin engaged and motivated to move forward.
“Hestayed engaged in positive activities, which helped him to move on with a sense of purpose, and the tools and knowledge to remove himself from offending.
“Kevin said he valued having a plan and a positive outcome to aim for, and the support with practical details such as PPE, which allowed him to progress.”
GM ETE is commissioned by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) as part of the Greater Manchester’s Integrated Rehabilitative Services (GMIRS).
Achieve teams operate from probation offices across the 10 boroughs of Greater Manchester.
Find out about the Achieve programme HERE.