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Skills for Work leads to first job for Craig

Craig lands job

Craig White was so impressive on his work placement that he was offered a job. The 21–year–old is now a permanent member of the cleaning team at Balcarras School in Cheltenham.

Rob Dundas, Joint Head of Cleaning at Balcarras, said: ‘Craig has fitted in with the team, takes real pride in his work and has grabbed every opportunity with both hands. He always tries his best. I can’t think of a task that he won’t have a go at.’

Craig is now responsible for cleaning up the school canteen. ‘He’s taken ownership of it and simply gets on with it, using his own initiative,’ said Mr Dundas.

Craig, who has learning difficulties, says getting the job has changed his attitude and helped him grow in confidence. ‘I’m not holding back now. I used to be shy but now I like the job because I get to meet new people.’

When Craig joined the Skills for Work programme at National Star, he had one clear objective – to get a job. Now he is working five days a week and loves it.

Craig found education at a mainstream college difficult. He says having a National Star job mentor, who helped him settle into the work placement and understand the tasks he needed to do, made all the difference.

Ninety–four per cent of National Star’s Skills for Work learners secured a paid or voluntary role by the time they left college last year.

Find out more

Find out more about our Skills for Work programme. If you would like to offer a work placement or find out more please contact Christine Hopkins, Job Mentor Team Leader, at​ or on 01242 527631 ext. 2744.

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