Joseph, 20, was unemployed and looking for opportunities after gaining experience in various hospitality and supermarket roles, but not finding anything that he wanted to do long-term. He was told about Skills Launchpad Plymouth by his Personal Advisor, Debbie, who said it could help him to move forward with jobs and training.
Initially attending a Find Your Future session at Barclays, with support from his PA and Barnardos, Joseph completed an initial skills assessment with the Youth Hub Coordinator. After much discussion, it became clear that Joseph really wanted to support other young people and that getting into youth work was his main goal. Following their chat, Jo (Youth Hub Coordinator) referred Joseph to Plymouth Training to see if they could arrange a placement for a Traineeship. This led to Joseph taking up a placement with Livewire in Saltash, which is absolutely loving.
Joseph said: “I’m really pleased that I came along to the Thursday session in Barclays to see Jo, because straight away I was moving forward towards my goal. I didn’t think it could be so quick.
“To begin with I was a bit hesitant about the Traineeship, as the placement I was most interested in was based in Saltash, but Plymouth Training helped me out with the travel costs and the team at Livewire are just amazing!! I’m loving my placement, gaining lots of experience and skills. I feel that I’m now on the best path into youth and community work, which is really exciting.”
If you're aged 16-24 and feel you would benefit from 1:1 support through the Youth Hub, sign up here and our Coordinator will be in touch.