Alongside the skills he has gained through the course, and the opportunities this has created, Jay has developed his resilience and confidence to progress further in the future.
At the beginning of the course it was evident that Jay was not one of the stronger characters in the group – he was very shy and lacked some confidence. However, as the construction group separated from the rest of the cohort, Jay built friendships within the group and started to come out of his shell more.
Keepmoat’s Alan Beech, who delivered the sessions, noted the improvement in his confidence:
“I’ve seen real potential in Jay and this group, it has been great to see some of them realise that this could actually be for them.
“There has been a noticeable change in Jay’s self-esteem as he now has the confidence in himself to not only complete the course and gain his CSCS card, but also to move into the industry he desires, which wasn’t possible three months ago.”
Jay summarised his experience of the course:
“With the support I have received from Foundation staff on my personal development and Keepmoat staff on my construction units, I am on course to gain my CSCS card and I now have a CV. My personal development units have helped me to realise different life skills and helped me to feel more comfortable in different situations.
“I was able to finish the course and gain qualifications and skills, something I didn’t think I would be able to do. Staff from Keepmoat and the Foundation have also been helping me find suitable apprenticeships and I am now ready to move on to one.”
Since completing the course Jay has managed to secure his first full-time job, working for Beckenham Building Supplies.