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Work scheme gives young unemployed a chance
JASON had been out of work for four years.
Despite applying for around six jobs a week he had only had a handful of interviews and no job offers.
But today the 24-year-old from Southampton is in work – thanks to a Daily Echo-backed charity scheme.
The Life Chances scheme, run by Southampton-based charity the Rainbow Project, helps disadvantaged young people in the area who are struggling to find work.
It offers them part time-employment for a year.
Jason was referred to the Rainbow Project by the Wheatsheaf Trust, which had been helping him look for work.
He has been working in the highways maintenance team at Balfour Beatty Living Places since April, filling in potholes and putting up road signs – and he couldn’t be happier.
“I love it,” he says.
“It’s all out doors and hands on. I prefer hands on work and I like working in a team. It’s fantastic to be in work again.”
Jason doesn’t even mind having to get up at 4am and catch two busses to get to work on time at 7am.
Laura Coleman, who runs the Rainbow Project, says she has had excellent feedback from Balfour Beatty, who are delighted with Jason’s commitment and hard work.
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first involvement with Rainbow's Life Chances programme and we are very supportive of the opportunities that it gives to local young people,” said Jane Richards, business manager at Balfour Beatty Living Places.
“We are pleased to have Jason working with us.
“He is making very good progress, is hardworking and reliable and is gaining valuable experience of the workplace.”
As well as his work placement, the Rainbow Project provides Jason with a mentor who he sees on a fortnightly basis and training to help him secure permanent work in the future.
Jason will be studying literacy and numeracy at college in September and says that seeing his mentor has been a great help.
“I can talk to her and get things off my mind and it’s good for my budgeting,”
says Jason who explains that he has had to adjust from money coming in fortnightly on benefits to once a month.
He loves earning his own wage and is saving up so that he can get his driving licence.
“It was difficult being out of work for all that time,” he says.
“I found it depressing. The best thing about being in work is it gets me out of the house and I feel so much more positive about myself.”
- For more information about the Life Chances scheme, visit therainbowproject.co.uk or call 023 8022 3525.
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