When Bertie left school, he found himself without a plan. Things at home were not great, and he had begun to get himself in a bit of trouble with the police. He didn’t know what to do next.

Our NEET programme works in partnership with Southampton City Council to support young people who are listed as not in Education, Employment or Training. Earlier this year Key Worker, Claire, contacted Bertie to see if we could offer any support.

Claire arranged to meet with Bertie and his Youth Offending Service support worker to identify an action plan to get him into employment. 

Covid restrictions had left him feeling disheartened and unmotivated. Bertie found it difficult to attend his appointments and wasn’t keen to talk over the phone. To overcome this barrier, and keep Bertie engaged, Clare sent him lots of job & training opportunities using WhatsApp and email.  This suited him much better, and he started to contact her if he was interested in any opportunities. 

After chatting with Bertie it became clear that was interested in a career in construction, and so Claire sent over some information about a virtual Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) course.  He was really interested in this however there was a problem; he didn’t have any ID and this was a requirement to register for the course. Luckily we were there to help!  

They arranged to meet up and have a socially distanced chat. Claire arranged for some ID and the cost of the course. They also chatted through what would happen on the course, so he was prepared.

Bertie did really well on his course and was even offered an apprenticeship! He can’t wait to start the placement and is feeling a lot more positive for the future.