Enabling Ahmed to make positive steps forward!

When we met Ahmed* in July 2019, he was 19 and NEET. He was referred to us by the St Giles Trust, as he was looking to pursue a career in construction and gain a Level 1 Health & Safety qualification and CSCS card.

Ahmed is a carer and was hoping to secure accommodation with help from his local council. Achieving these essential industry qualifications was vital in his quest for employment and ensuring his eligibility for council support.

Ahmed had been struggling to find career support due to the unprecedented situation of the first national COVID-19 lockdown and his fruitless search had taken a toll on his mental wellbeing, leaving him feeling stuck and unable to achieve his goals. However, once the St Giles Trust had supported him with an application to our online Level 1 Health & Safety and CSCS course, we were able to enrol him immediately.

“Before the programme I wanted to get my CSCS card because I really needed the card to get into a job, but I was really struggling. Then I found this service and it was so helpful because I completed my L1 Health & Safety during the pandemic, and 1 week later I got a job! It was life changing to be honest.” – Ahmed

The online form of delivery was helpful for Ahmed, as it meant that he could learn and revise for the tests safely from his own home. He worked really hard on the course and through the combination of 1-2-1 revision support from Construction Youth Trust, coupled with wider support from the St Giles Trust, he passed both qualifications first time!

We were thrilled to hear that only a week after completing his qualifications, Ahmed secured a job as a labourer! Now that he has found independence and financial security, he has also been able to fulfil the requirements to secure accommodation.

“[Ahmed] had previously been involved with other companies but had all failed to engage with the client and struggled to remain in contact and provide any long lasting support. [Ahmed] was very honest about his obstacles and barriers but was willing to tackle these issues head on. So far he has achieved everything that he set out to do.” – Perry Mavrides, St Giles Trust

Ahmed is an incredibly motivated and capable young man, who simply needed the opportunity to demonstrate his skills and abilities. Despite having been unable to access long lasting support from other organisations, a successful partnership between the St Giles Trust and Construction Youth Trust ensured that Ahmed the opportunity and support necessary for him to shine. He is now excited about his future, with aspirations to become an electrician!

We at the Trust look forward to keeping in touch with Ahmed as he works to secure his goals, and will continue to provide long-term advice and guidance to support him on his career journey.

*name changed for anonymity