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More success for Life Chances employment project
AN ECHO-backed scheme has seen a young man who couldn’t find work get a permanent job.
And he has done so well in the part-time temporary position that he has won a permanent position.
“It’s great I’m now in permanent employment,” said Dan who has been taken on as an information management assistant.
“I wouldn’t have got to this point without the brilliant work of the Rainbow Project and an organisation such as the council, who were willing to take a chance.
“Rainbow is still supporting me now, which I am very grateful for,” added the 23-year-old from Southampton.
Councillor Matt Tucker, cabinet member for economic development and leisure services, said: “Southampton City Council believes it is important to give young people real opportunities, so that they get the chance to gain valuable work experience which eventually leads to permanent employment.
“But more than this, we want to support and encourage our young people once they are in work to continue with their training so that they have a much brighter future. We are committed to support the Rainbow Project Life Chances scheme and will be providing more work experience opportunities for young people in the near future, both directly and through our strategic work with partners across the city”.
The Life Chances scheme helps disadvantaged young people in Southampton who are struggling to find work.
It puts them in one-year work placements where they are mentored and supported as well as given workrelated training, in order to help them find permanent work in the future.
Dan will continue to see his mentor from the Rainbow Project and to study for his NVQ level 2 in business administration, which the charity is supporting him in doing.
Job success for Dan
There are seven further young people on work placements through the scheme and all are doing well.
Krystyna, who was featured in the Echo when she started her placement as a teaching assistant at Compass School in November, has recently passed her introduction to adult social care level 1 and her food safety exam.
Craig, who has been working at WJ French & Son shoe shop since December in a role sponsored by Skandia has discovered he has an interest in office-based tasks and is looking to pursue this further.
Jason, who was featured in the Echo in August, has a placement with Balfour Beatty Living Places, and recently celebrated passing his CSCS (Construction Skills Certificate Scheme) exams.
Meanwhile the most recent recruit is Stewart, who joined Southampton City Council’s housing operations department on a business administration pre-apprenticeship earlier this month.
- The Rainbow Project is seeking more employers to become involved in the scheme by offering a placement and/or sponsoring a young person.
- For more information about the Life Chances scheme, visit therainbowproject.co.uk or call 023 8022 3532.
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