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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

Step2Work Renfrewshire – Lee

Lee attended Trinity High in Renfrew and was introduced to Barnardo’s Works through completing our TASTE programme in s4, which was a construction focused programme and allowed Lee to learn more about the industry. Lee then went onto our EXPLORE programme in Trinity High as he was a winter school leaver. Following successful completion of EXPLORE, Lee was offered a spot on our STEP2WORK programme.

“Barnardo’s Works helped me build my confidence and meet new people”

Lee’s barriers were lack of knowledge, lack of work experience and qualifications. Lee knew he wanted to work in construction but wasn’t sure how to get there.

During his time working with us, Lee gained a number of qualfications: First aid at work, CSCS card vehicle marshalling, MYBNK, nutrition course, employer talks with Sophie at McTaggart and James Frew. Lee was excellent on programme- showing commitment and dedication.

“Barnardo’s Works helped me get construction focused qualifications to then go on and get a MA in construction sector”

Lee completed a 6 week landscaping work placement which he received excellent feedback from employer.

Holly, ELO, was then approached by Paul Hendry at JHC interiors looking for a young person to take on for a potential apprenticeship opportunity. Lee’s name was put forward and following an additional 2 weeks work placement with JHC Lee was offered a job! Working as a labourer over summer before starting a Modern Apprenticeship in Ceiling Fixing in September.

“Barnardo’s Works helped me get construction focused qualifications to then go on and get a MA in construction sector. Barnardo’s Works helped me build my confidence and meet new people. Being introduced to Paul and JHC interiors through Barnardo’s Works allowed me to secure my Apprenticeship” – LEE

“It has been a pleasure to support Lee throughout his time on STEP2WORK and the weeks following. He has shown determination to secure a job within the construction industry and has put in the hard work and shown the right attitude to get to where he is now. I am delighted he has secured employment with JHC and he is already receiving excellent feedback from his employer. Well done Lee!” – Holly, ELO

Carol Deans

Carol is our Employer Liaison Officer covering Glasgow. It’s her role to form links between employers and the young people who use our service, this could be in the form of; employer talks and visits, work placements or work tasters.

Carol is a jack of all trades and can also be found helping deliver groups across the West of Scotland.

Carols fun facts: I love spiders and boats. I’m not particularly fond of parking tickets, which, I seem to get on a regular basis!

 

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.”

BWB Renfrewshire – Alannah

Alannah left high school, went to college to do a Fine Art Course however. Alannah didn’t enjoy college so was then left sitting around the house doing nothing, walking dog was Alannah’s highlight. Alannah went to Invest in Renfrewshire looking for employability support and then was referred to Barnardo’s Works BWB programme.

“I am proud to see Alannah’s development throughout the time I have been working with her, she also seems more confident in herself and what she can achieve!”

Alannah gained a first aid at work qualification, had an interview with HMV (even though she didn’t get the job she felt more confident during this interview). Gained new peer relationships through the social activity and tried new experiences that Alannah had never tried before such as Laser Tag and craft activities (including a really cool pumpkin carving).

Alannah is now progressing onto Impact Arts Express Yourself course in January to further develop their creative talents to hopefully become a tattoo artist in the future.

“I enjoyed my time at Barnardo’s Works as I have made new friends with people I wouldn’t have met before, and it has also improved my daily routine”

“I am proud to see Alannah’s development throughout the time I have been working with her and has never missed a 1-2-1 meeting and arrives early to her meetings She also seems more confident in herself and what she can achieve!” – Kayleigh Bissett (Project Worker)

“I enjoyed my time at Barnardo’s Works as I have made new friends with people I wouldn’t have met before, and it has also improved my daily routine” – Alannah

Step2Work Renfrewshire – Kelsey

Kelsey has recently completed the Step 2 Work programme over the past 12 weeks, this is an employability support programme which aims to give young people additional knowledge, build confidence levels, relevant qualifications & a work placement in a real working environment in the local community!

Kelsey joined out Step2work programme to improve her chances of being employed due to have no qualifications from school. Kelsey had several barriers that we had to work through from no identification, no young scot card or bank account.

Kelsey did extremely well ever since the first day on the Step2work programme. Kelsey was open to every opportunity presented to her on programme, she has; attended several employer talks, completed a First Aid  at work course, gained a Personal Money Management and Independent living skills qualification.

 

Kelsey went on a work placement with Klascare to shadow childcare assistants for 6 weeks. Whilst on placement she was successful in gaining a childcare apprenticeship with another child care company. Kelsey notified Klascare who were so keen to keep her on they managed to find funding for a new apprentice! This was confirmed on Kelsey’s last day on Step2Work.

Kelsey is now doing an SVQ level 3 in children and young people with Klascare on a 12 month contract with a permanent contract available at the end of 12 months.

Kelsey sent a text message thanking our service for how far she has came in such a short period of time when she started her job on the first day.

Well done Kelsey, you’ve smashed it!

Training For Work Glasgow – James

James was unsure about what he wanted to do when leaving school. He had not enjoyed his time in education and was lacking confidence in himself. He did not feel college was the right next step for him but did not know how to enter the job market.

James was referred for Training for Work with Barnardo’s Works, and he began attending group sessions focused on developing skills for customer service and business administration. James worked with others in his group and developed his communication and both his confidence and ability to work with others, while also completing a SQA in Skills for Customer Care.

“I have to say I am so chuffed, the difference in him since he came in is amazing”

James was then put forward for a short-term internship at the Cabinet Office, where he was able to learn about working in administration for the UK Government. He was able to work within a team to deliver a research project and put himself forward to deliver a presentation as part of this. James’s belief in himself and self esteem were significantly enhanced as a result of this, and he went on to have successful work placement. James was able to progress onto a paid work placement with SSE, working within their SMART data team.

“he could never have done anything like this a few weeks back”

Alan (Operations Manager with SSE) had this to say: “I have to say I am so chuffed, the difference in him since he came in is amazing, his confidence going through this presentation including what he sees as his weaknesses and how he’s trying to improve is great, he could never have done anything like this a few weeks back, what’s also really encouraging for me is how warmly he has spoken about the team and the support, advice and encouragement they have given him”.

First Steps 2 Work – Maggie

Maggie has been engaging with Barnardo’s First Steps 2 Work programme since the end of August, this is a sector specific, employability support programme which aims to help parents take their next steps back into the workplace.  It gives parents the opportunity to gain additional knowledge for that sector, build confidence levels and gain relevant qualifications for that sector.

“The support I received from the team was incredible, they are very good listeners and understand the challenges parents face while trying to get back into work.”

When Maggie started the programme, she was looking to get back into work since having her children and was struggling to find job opportunities that could work around her family commitments.

Maggie fully engaged in the programme and gave her all. She grew in confidence while on the course, gained her Teaching Assistant Diploma and Emergency First Aid at Work certificate.

“The course with Barnardo’s Works opened more job opportunities for me and helped me understand interviews with employers and what they could ask me, so when I went for my 1st interview I was well prepared and got the job!”

Maggie’s Project Worker: “ It was great to watch Maggie grow in confidence while on the programme, she took advantage of all the opportunities offered to her, such as; interview preparation and help with job applications. Thanks to her attitude and everything she learned, Maggie confidently went to interviews fully prepared and was successful in gaining employment as a classroom assistant. We are very proud of her”

 

Kayleigh Bissett

Kayleigh is a Project Worker on our team delivering Stage 1 “Barnardo’s Works Best”

Barnardo’s Works Best is a flexible programme for young people aged 16-24. The programme provides 1 to 1 contact with young people boosting their understanding of the workplace and working towards boosting their confidence. The programme also consists of a weekly social activity to socialise and meet new young people.

Fun Fact: My favourite animal is a penguin and I got to feed them smelly fish at Edinburgh Zoo!

Training For Work – Glasgow: Israa

Israa has been engaging in our Training For Work Childcare focused programme over the past 10 weeks, this is an employability support programme which aims to give young people who are keen to learn more about the childcare industry additional knowledge, build confidence levels, relevant qualifications & a work placement in a real working environment in the local community!

Israa has given her all to every opportunity presented to her on programme, she has confidently spoke to employers, taken part in a Paediatric First Aid course, has gained a Personal Money Management qualification, interacted well with her peers, has been a leader within the group & has really showcased her passion to learn and thrive in both her personal and professional life!                                                                                                                                                         

 

“Israa is doing really well. She is eager, curious and creative”

Israa has recently moved to Scotland from England where she briefly lived after moving to the UK from Iraq. Israa felt the opportunity to volunteer was out of reach due to hardships in her life both before she moved to the UK & since however over the past 4 weeks Israa has been volunteering at a local family support organisation called Stepping Stones For Families who aim to give children, young people and their families support, opportunities and a voice in tackling the effects of poverty and disadvantage in their lives. Israa has thrived at work placement, she says she has learnt more than she could ever have imagined, has made connections with staff & service users, and feels this volunteering opportunity has given her a real purpose! Laura who is Stepping Stones for Families Power of Play Service Manger has said “Israa is doing really well. She is eager, curious and creative. She is getting involved in learning about the childcare element of the family support service, infection control, developmental milestones and play. She is also getting to experience our family support side and the parents’ groups where she is showing empathy and learning about the types of support needed and available”. Well done Israa!

DECEMBER 2023 UPDATE* – 

Israa gained employment as a Sales Assistant with Primark and is now one month into the job!

Israa said:

“The interview was really good . Barnardo’s helped me prepare for it, I then felt ready to go in and get the job! I have learned a lot in this job, it’s going great, all of my colleagues are very nice and kind! Having great people to work with is amazing.”