Thanks to the Traineeship programme Steve starts his new full time job in Jan 2020

Ever thought about taking part in Blackpool FC Community Trust’s Traineeship Programme?  What better way to hear about the programme than from the success of a participant? 

Hear about Steve who started the Traineeship in September 2019.

Stevie Grimshaw – 19 years old

Initial Interview.

We first met Stevie early September at the Job Centre, he had shown an interest in the Blackpool Community Trust Traineeship 12 week course. During the initial interview he told us he wanted to work in the groundwork/landscape sector. Stevie was respectful but did seem to lack self-confidence. He joined the Traineeship course on the 30thSeptember 2019. The Traineeship program has many work placement partners and Stevie immediately spotted that one of the placements was for North-West Lawns, a landscaping company.  We set up an interview for him and he successfully secured a 12 week work placement. He attended all of his work placement days and impressed the director of the company so much that within 6 weeks of his placement they offered him a full time job. Stevie completed his 12 work placement and he starts his new full time job with North West Lawns in January 2020.

Previous education and personal experiences.

On 29th August 2019 Stevie’s baby was born, this presented a new set of challenges for him and his long term partner. Stevie was determined to complete the Traineeship program and to secure a full time job in preparation for the new addition to his family. When we discussed Stevie’s previous experiences within education he disclosed that he had a difficult time whist in education and this led to him being taken out of main stream education for the last 2 years of high school. He did complete a level 2 motor mechanics course at college but decided it wasn’t a career he wanted to pursue.

When asked what difference the Traineeship programme had made and what he most enjoyed Stevie said,

“Since joining the Traineeship I have become a lot more confident around people I meet for the first time, I also get along well with the people I work with on my work placement. Before I started the course I wasn’t very confident when speaking to people, I was stuck looking for work. I had bad attitude towards people I didn’t know.

The thing I enjoyed most during the classroom subjects and activities was participating in the level 3 First Aid course and receiving my level 3 pass certificate.

The support and one to one help I received has been brilliant, most of all I have enjoyed my work placement at North West Lawns and I am proud to have secured a full time job with them.”

Colin King, Employability Coach said,

“Has applied himself to all tasks and helped others in the group to understand what was required”.

Barry Sullivan, Student Support worker said,

“Stevie has been respectful to all the staff and his peers throughout the course and embraced all aspects of the traineeship program Stevie attended all the classroom sessions and always arrived on time.”

For more information on the Traineeship courses, which are now offered as a 16 – 24 and a 25+ programme: call: 01253 348 691 or follow BFCCT on social media.