Places Foundation is continuing its fantastic work supporting young people aged 15 – 24 in Lancashire in partnership with the Building Better Opportunities Invest in Youth project.
A great example of how we are putting People First, the project aims to support young people who are unemployed to build their skills and overcome some of the barriers that prevent them from accessing education, employment and training.
Rory Monaghan, our Building Better Opportunities key worker for Places Impact, has been working in partnership with colleagues at Lancashire Wellbeing Services to provide intensive support to young people like Jordan.
Jordan was referred to the Invest in Youth project as he had dropped out of college following a long period of ill health. As a result his confidence was very low, and he was struggling to find direction or guidance in what to do next and how to move forward in his life.
Through regular meetings, Rory worked with Jordan to develop a plan to find a new career path. Support was given to Jordan so that he could open a bank account and set up a Universal Credit claim, whilst he worked with Rory to complete a CV. Through links with the Prince’s Trust, Rory helped Jordan to secure a 4-week work placement scheme with BAE Systems.
Jordan exceeded all expectations on his placement, and was headhunted by another department. He was offered a full time contract as an administrative assistant at BAE, which is a testament to the hard work and positive progress he has made on the project.
Jordan feels that his confidence has greatly improved through the support given by Rory and the Invest in Youth project.
“A few months ago, I felt that I was in a deep hole. I could see the daylight at the top, but had no idea how to get myself out. Now, I feel so much more confident and excited to begin my career and keep moving forward. I would not have found a work placement without the guidance and support of my keyworker Rory, and appreciate the advice and help that he has given me”.