When the pandemic hit the UK, I had just moved into my own rented flat from supported accommodation, so it was extremely bad timing.
Whilst all of this was going on, I was looking into different courses for getting back into employment, just trying everything I could to get my life back on track. I was being supported by a Jobs Coach at my local EYH charity, who supported me to look at all my options.
We looked at opportunities in Construction, Door Security, a Security Industry Authority (SIA) training course, and Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) training course.
The Job Coach was very supportive. He contacted me weekly, and together we set actions for how I was going to achieve my goal.
Over several weeks, we investigated different courses, and I decided to apply for an SIA training course. However, whilst researching the course I discovered some barriers that would prevent me from achieving the qualification. I did not have the finances to pay for the course, and I had no I.T equipment to complete the online part of the course.
To overcome these barriers, the Job Coach supported me to apply to the EYH Bursary Fund. After a successful application, I received a laptop, meaning I was now able to practice online, and the costs of the course were covered.
Thanks to the bursary, I successfully completed the course. I am now qualified to work as a Door Supervisor within the private security industry at SCQF Level 6.
This lockdown has taught me you need to grab every opportunity that comes your way, no matter how small it is - life is too short. If someone told me a year ago that I would be where I am today, I wouldn’t have believed them. At the time, I was homeless, sleeping rough, with no job, and no motivation.
Then, with the help of the people around me, like the Job Coach, I made it out of that bad patch. I want to thank him for in believing in me.