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Step2work Renfrewshire – Sean

Sean engaged with our school programme EXPLORE during his time in high school which his careers advisor referred him to as he wasn’t enjoying school and struggled in that environment.

Sean then left school and engaged on our Head2Work programme, following that he was further supported in our Barnardo’s Works Best programme which led to him gaining a place on Step2Work. Sean gained multiple qualifications during his time with Barnardo’s including First Aid at Work, Vehicle Marshalling, Working at Heights and Step to Work Qualification.

“Barnardo’s helped me get a job, qualifications, cv and interview skills, all the project workers were nice and supportive.”

Image: Sean on Placement with the Food Train

On Step2work Sean completed a 4 week work placement with the Food Train (a charity organisation supporting older people across Scotland with shopping and befriending). Sean thrived in placement and his natural attributes really shone through.

After successfully completing Step2Work Sean gained part time employment at TKMAXX in Linwood which he is very excited about. Sean is also starting a Transitions to Hard Hats course at West College Scotland in August to continue working towards his goal of being a plumber.

“I give Barnardo’s Works West a 10/10. I would recommend Barnardo’s to all my friends.”

 

Food Train (Placement): “Sean is a very friendly and chatty young man and has been incredibly friendly and helpful to our members who he has supported during his placement with us”

Kayleigh Bissett (Project worker): “Sean has been a lovely young person to work with and has shown great dedication during my time working with him and I am very happy to see him gain part time employment and further education”

Sean Gaffney: “Barnardo’s helped me get a job, qualifications, cv and interview skills, all the project workers were nice and supportive. I give Barnardo’s Works West a 10/10. I would recommend Barnardo’s to all my friends.”

Step2Work Renfrewshire – Tegan

Tegan first engaged with Barnardo’s on EXPLORE- a school transition support programme, as she didn’t enjoy school at all and wanted to leave, but, wasn’t sure on what to do after school.

“I wasn’t too sure about the course at first, but I went back every week and realised Barnardo’s could help me get a job when I leave school.”

After leaving school Tegan started Barnardo’s Stage 2 STEP2WORK Programme. On this course she engaged in personal development, generic employability and childcare sector focused sessions. Tegan also engaged in many employer talks, employer visits and volunteered within the local community. Tegan gained a First Aid at Work Qualification and a SQA Step to Work Qualification. Her confidence and self-belief has grew massively, as well as her timekeeping and interview skills!

During an employer talk with Cairellot on week 3 of STEP2WORK Tegan spoke to Cairellot management and explained she was planning to participate in a work placement at a local nursery and asked if she could apply for an MA through them! Cairellot explained she would be offered an interview if the placemwnt was successful. After she smashed the placement and interviewed with Cairellot … she was offered an MA the same day! She is now completing her MA at the same local nursery she completed work placement with working with children from newborn-5 years old!

“I am now working full time as a childcare apprentice. I’m looking forward to getting my full qualification and I know I’ll work really hard to get that!”

Tegan- Young Person- “I first went to Barnardo’s when I was in school and about to leave school. I wasn’t too sure about the course at first, but I went back every week and realised Barnardo’s could help me get a job when I leave school. I left school with no plans but remembered about Barnardo’s and the help they could give me. So, I text my project worker about courses. For 8 weeks I did the step2work programme. I learned that I work great in a team, got qualifications and even had a bit of fun. A childcare employer did a talk, from then I knew childcare was something I wanted to do. I then got a childcare work placement that went really splendid, I then interviewed with them and I was offered a place on the spot! I am now working full time as a childcare apprentice. I’m looking forward to getting my full qualification and I know I’ll work really hard to get that!”

Erin Project Worker- “I have worked with Tegan from her first day of EXPLORE- the school transition support programme, until her first day of employment. It’s been a joy and an honour to watch her confidence, self-belief, dedication and resilience go from strength to strength to strength in that time and I know it will continue to do so in her workplace! I’m so proud of Tegan but more importantly I know Tegan is so proud of herself too!”

 

Barnardo’s Works West – Ryan

Ryan had just finished a college course in the summer. Ryan had been applying to jobs and getting interviews, however to this point he had been unsuccessful. This took a toll on his self-esteem and Ryan became worried he was not going to find a job.

Ryan wanted something that would help him and keep him motivated.

Ryan began working with Barnardo’s Works in October 2023. He worked on our Stage 1 programme Barnardo’s Works Best and Head2Work programme. Ryan gained his first aid at work through First Aid Matters and his money management qualification through MyBNK.

“Ryan showed great dedication during the course”

Ryan attended every meeting with motivation to get the best he could out of the programmes. Ryan volunteered with a local sports group doing coaching, which he enjoyed doing alongside his football hobbies outside of the programme. Ryan gained confidence to talk about these skills and qualities at various interviews. Ryan was a team player within the social activities and showed great enthusiasm in his time working with Barnardo’s Works.

“this helped me build my confidence and made me feel good about myself”

Ryan gained employment as a Leisure Attendant with OneRen. A job that he was very excited about gaining as it is within his desired interests of sport and football.

“Ryan is the perfect example of why you should never give up”

Ryan: “I enjoyed working with Kayleigh and Ross on both 1-2-1 and social activities this helped me build my confidence and make me feel good about myself”

Kayleigh (Barnardo’s): “ Ryan showed great dedication during the course and worked well within his 1-2-1s and was always enthusiastic during social activities, Ryan worked hard and I am very proud of his outcome of gaining employment within the leisure industry”

Ross (Barnardo’s): “Ryan is the perfect example of why you should never give up, regardless of what you feel may be holding you back”

Step2Work Renfrewshire – Jayden

Jayden first engaged with Barnardo’s Works when he was in S5 at Castlehead High School. Jayden was wanting to leave school but was not quite sure what next steps would be.

Jayden started Barnardo’s EXPLORE programme while still at school, this introduced him to Barnardo’s Works and staff, Jayden successfully completed EXPLORE,  showing up consistently, after not attending school.

Jayden chose to leave school at Christmas, and, after successful interview came onto our STEP2WORK course.

Jayden is very into sports and is a keen amateur boxer.

“Barnardo’s Works allowed me to meet new people, gain qualifications”

While on the STEP2WORK Programme Jayden gained qualifications; Step to Work Award, Personal Money Management and First Aid at Work. Jayden met new people and built new friendships.

 

Jayden explored different career options and sectors during his time working with us, and decided sport and fitness industry was the path he wanted to take.

Jayden applied to go to West College Scotland on their entry into sport and fitness programme starting in August. Jayden successfully secured his space.

As part of his course Jayden completed a 4 week work placement through ONEREN which Jayden received excellent feedback for. ONEREN were advertising for part time leisure attendants, as Jayden was doing so well they encouraged him to apply.

“I was introduced to staff at One Ren which has allowed me to get a job following my work placement which I really enjoyed. This has allowed me to start my career in sport and fitness.”

After successfully interviewing Jayden gained the position as leisure attendant job with OneRen.

“Barnardo’s Works allowed me to meet new people, gain qualifications as well as being introduced to staff at One Ren which has allowed me to get a job following my work placement which I really enjoyed. This has allowed me to start my career in sport and fitness.”- Jayden

“Jayden has shown dedication throughout his time with Barnardo’s Works and has progressed hugely throughout his time on programme and after. I am delighted for Jayden securing both a college place and employment- well done!”- Holly, ELO

Barnardo’s Works West – Kara

In Nov 2022 a local secondary school reached out to us, Barnardo’s Works in Paisley to discuss potential light touch employability support we could provide for a care experienced young person who was approaching the end secondary school and who had multiple barriers such as additional support needs, self-presentation, expectations of the workplace etc.

Kara engaged in an employability qualification course we delivered within the secondary school and worked 1-2-1 with a Project Worker on the DYP Programme throughout the transition from secondary school to the world of work. Kara then engaged in the Head2Work Programme where she built upon her confidence level, social skills, independent travel, community engagement and her knowledge of the world of work. Kara then successfully interviewed for the Stage 2 STEP2WORK Programme we deliver. Kara engaged in many generic employability focused sessions (CV Workshop, Skills and Qualities, Money Management, Employee Rights etc.), employer talks/visits and started a retail focused work placement at a local Barnardo’s Shop, she has continued to volunteer after programme officially ended.

“Barnardo’s helped me build up my confidence. It really helped me leave school knowing I had Barnardo’s there to help me.”
“I’ve made friends at Barnardo’s that I still see and volunteer with at Jackies shop”

Kara then engaged in a woman’s only employability and empowerment programme delivered by the local authority, throughout Kara’s time engaging in this she met with her Barnardo’s Project Worker fortnightly through the DYP Programme who supported her to understand and build upon her self-presentation, her daily routine, job search, application skills, interview prep and her DYP Project Worker even went to see Kara perform in a lead role at her local theatre’s production of Grease the Musical!

“Erin (DYP project worker) has been working with me one to one helping with interview prep and support. I think she is a good person, friendly and kind and a good team player”

Kara got support to apply for a local vacancy as a Domestic Housekeeper, she secured an interview and got support to interview prep and what to wear! Kara has successfully secured employment!

“The past few days I’ve been getting to know the residents and my colleagues, and learning about what I’m supposed to do. I’ve felt welcome and its been good.”

Barnardo’s Works West of Scotland

Welcome to Barnardo’s Works West!

Barnardo’s Works West is a successful and established service based in the Lochfield area of Paisley and covering primarily the Renfrewshire council area, providing young people with the skills, experience, and opportunities to access independent, sustainable employment.

We offer a wide variety of programmes supporting young people aged 15-29 into employment and training. These range from bespoke one-to-one programmes to group work and work placements, all with the aim of helping young people achieve their employment goals.

Meet the Team!

The Works West team is made up of Twelve members across the service between our Management, Admins, Project Workers, and Social Media, every one of them here to help however they can!

Our Location

Our Offices can be found at:
12 Lochfield Road
Paisley
PA2 7RG