Case study: Jake

Jake, 21 signed up to Skills Launchpad Plymouth when he completed his six-month Kickstart placement in the care sector. Jake had really enjoyed his placement and was seeking new opportunities.

Jake said: “When I signed up to the Youth Hub as I was looking for an opportunity to help me learn more about myself as a person, to hone my skills and also have viable proof of my skills and what I could do in the hope it would help me find a job.

"I had an initial chat with the Youth Hub Coordinator over the phone, where we spoke about my past experiences and interests. During our conversation she helped me to identify skills that weren’t obvious to me at all, thus teaching me how to put these skills into words when applying for opportunities. She also presented me with various opportunities and we moved forward with a referral to the Real Ideas Organisation for their Green Thinkers programme, which I thoroughly enjoyed. This programme gave me the chance to expand my awareness of various careers and I’m now looking for a new programme to continue broadening my future options.

"I found the Skills Launchpad Plymouth team to be very friendly and equipped with the right resources to provide help too. I’m still nervous about my next steps, but I am willing to push past that and try new things. I still don/t know exactly what I want to do in terms of a career, but I feel that with supportive organisations like Skills Launchpad Plymouth and the Real Ideas Organisation wrapped around me and willing to help, I will figure it out.

"To describe my Youth Hub experience in three words, I’d say extremely helpful indeed!”