Reggy was referred to the Employment and Skills project by his Wellbeing and Work Coach, he had a diagnosed mental health condition and had an interest in bike maintenance.
Reggy presented as an enthusiastic individual with a desire to learn new skills and, in time re enter employment. He was swiftly offered a place on the Build-a-Bike course and soon became a positive role model for his peers by displaying excellent time keeping skills and a can-do attitude throughout the course. Reggy was also very keen to investigate other training opportunities so he attended a series of employment support sessions in which a plan of action was forged alongside the employment support staff.
On successful completion of the bicycle maintenance course, the staff suggested that progressing onto Level 1 Bicycle Maintenance training, with our partners at Lifecycle, could be a natural way to develop on newly found skills and knowledge. Reggy was enthused by the idea and the staff arranged a place for him on the next available course.
After completing the L1 training, Reggy was awarded the City and Guilds L1 certificate and this was promptly added to his CV during his next employment support session. The staff suggested some cycle training would be useful and Reggy has recently completed the 3 sessions with a trainer funded by Bristol City Council – he reported that ‘he really enjoyed the training and found it useful’.
A series of employment support sessions were scheduled in the weeks after Reggy completed the Build-a-Bike and in these the focus has been updating his CV and looking for suitable employment or training opportunities.
Happily, Reggie has recently undertaken some work trails to gain work-based experience and to get used to being in a work environment once more.
The next employment support session will be focused on putting together an application for a bursary to enable Reggy to undertake Level 2 City and Guilds training in order to further develop his knowledge of bicycle maintenance, which in turn, will hopefully improve his chances of gaining employment in the sector.