Aged 19 I attended BF Education on the very first programme they ran. I gained lots of practical experience in different areas of construction as well as gaining my CSCS card (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) which allowed me to work on building sites. On completing the programme BF Education helped me to look for a job, I found employment with a mechanical engineering company. I returned to Brighter Futures and asked if they could help me update my CV and help me to find employment
after redundancy, they did! As a thank you I did some volunteering with them to show learners the skills I had gained in the workplace over the last 5 years.
Recently I was offered a full-time position working for BF Education and I have been enrolled on a PTTLES course at college.
I came to Brighter Futures in 2008 on a program they were running for girls / women on DIY. I had my own flat and it needed some work doing on it, I couldn’t afford to pay someone to do the jobs, so when I was offered the chance to go on the program, I thought I would learn how to do the jobs myself so I attended.
I learnt lots of different skills from fitting a new washer on a dripping tap to patch plastering and really enjoyed it.
When the program had finished I had gained not only the knowledge and basic skills I needed to do most of the jobs in my flat but I also left with qualifications in Basic First Aid, Health and Safety, Manual Handling, ASDAN Experience of Work Award and the CSCS Card (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) they also help me get a part time job in retail which I stayed in until I came back to Brighter Futures in my spare time as a volunteer in November 2013 and really enjoyed working with the learners. In April 2014 Debby and Neil offered me a part time job as a learning mentor, I left my job in retail, now I work at Brighter Futures and I’m doing a teaching course at college.