“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.”