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Employment support success

Lee was referred to the project by his supported accommodation key worker, he had spent a brief spell in prison and was keen to rebuild his life. After a successful referral session with the Employment Support Lead, he was offered a place on the Build a Bike course and, because he had expressed a desire to develop his IT skills, was also signposted towards ECDL training. The European Computer Driving Licence sessions are delivered in-house, by our partners at Learning Curve, with sessions running every Thursday, at the Bike Workshop.

Lee successfully completed the Build a Bike course and is continuing to attend ECDL sessions and making very good progress. His Tutor refers to Lee as ‘a hard worker who is keen to progress’ and ‘he is already working towards a L2 qualification’. In discussion with the ES Lead, Lee stated that he ‘is now really keen to rebuild his life and re-enter the employment market in order to sustain himself financially’. Feedback from Workshop staff has been overwhelmingly positive, and as a result, Lee has been invited to carry on his association with the Bike Workshop, by undertaking non-paid work placement with us. This will offer an opportunity to further develop skills learnt during the Build a Bike training; Lee is currently considering the offer. Staff have described Lee as ‘good to be around, a hard worker who listens well and is able to carry out instructions independently’. Lee has certainly been a positive influence in the Workshop, developing reciprocal working relationships with staff and peers, we wish him all the best for the future.