Case study: Sam*

Sam* joined our targeted support programme at the end of 2020, generously funded by Children in Need and Youth Futures Foundation. He had outgrown traditional classroom learning and was unsure about his next steps but knew he wanted to explore more practical opportunities.

With the support of Sam’s mum, we built a trusted relationship so we could all explore together his best next steps. Suffering from anxiety, the unknown can be challenging for Sam.

Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus pandemic, we were not able to offer face-to-face support for Sam. However, we delivered fortnightly online sessions to identify his needs and create an individualised action plan.  

During the 1-1 sessions, Sam worked with his Construction Youth Trust coach to build his CV and develop his employability skills. Through attending Application Masterclasses and Live Vacancies Sessions, Sam was able to directly engage with industry professionals and discover the skills employers are really looking for. Sam also had the opportunity to ask questions about routes into industry careers and discovered vocational training! As a result of his sustained relationship with his CYT coach, Sam was inspired to pursue a carpentry course at college.

Sam’s Mum - Wendy quickly built a friendly & trusting relationship with my son.  It was amazing to see the transformation in his engagement. I am so grateful for Wendy’s help & also to the Trust.

Sam also took part in our Level 1 Health and Safety and CSCS card course, essential industry qualifications for onsite construction careers. Sam’s dedication to achieving the qualifications really shone through as he worked tirelessly in his own time as well as in group sessions to learn the content. Sam passed his CSCS card test on his first attempt!

We were delighted when Sam secured a place on a college carpentry course for September 2022. In the meantime, Sam is developing his construction skills by attending a multi-skills course at college 1 day a week. Sam has also been undertaking carpentry and glazing work experience placements with a local employer.

It has been an honour to accompany Sam on his career journey so far. Since we met Sam, his confidence has grown and grown, and we can’t wait to hear how he succeeds on his carpentry course.  

*Name changed for anonymity.