Ryan's story

Ryan Harrison, 22, from Ironville, has been in and out of work since leaving college as a fully qualified bench-joiner, but has struggled to find long-term employment.

But now, Ryan is gaining some valuable work experience with Futures in order to achieve his joinery ambitions.

“I was cutting people’s lawns and painting fences to keep me going and then I had to go back to the Jobcentre again.”

“It was through the Jobcentre that I got in touch with Futures Gateways and I was offered some work experience. I thought I’d see where it could take me.”

Leaps and bounds

Ryan has come on leaps and bounds since his first meeting with Futures Gateways, his self-confidence is growing and he’s had some great feedback from the people he’s been working with.

As for the future, Ryan remains focussed on pursuing his joinery dream. He said: “I really want to get into my joinery, it’s a hands-on, manual job which keeps me occupied. It’s the type of work I like and there’s always something to do.

“Whilst I’m with the Repairs Team I’m hoping to add some site-joinery experience to the qualifications I already have. I can put this on my CV so I can show the next potential employer.”

Futures Gateways can help organise work experience, training and other skills courses for boosting employment opportunities, and has worked with around 100 people since 2016. If you think you could benefit from some support, there’s more info here.

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