Thanks to funding from the DM Thomas Foundation for Young People, young people like Hassan, 23 are able to say #IamABLE to learn transferable skills for employment.
Hassan, originally from Sudan, took part in our Pathway into Landscaping course in summer 2016 as part of a group of 8 young people who were referred to Young Enterprise Scotland by Radiant & Brighter – a Glasgow-based refugee support service. Having arrived in Scotland in 2015, with no family support, living in temporary accommodation and with very little English, Hassan has so far been unable to find work.
Young Enterprise Scotland received funding from the DM Thomas Foundation for Young People in June 2016 to refurbish the much-needed kitchen area at their Training Centre in Glasgow. The kitchen is used to prepare breakfast and lunch for young people attending their Pathway Programmes – many of whom haven’t eaten anything since the previous day.
The Pathway Programmes provide employability and skill-building training to young people who are most disengaged from traditional learning and employment. They learn new practical skills in job –sectors like gardening and landscaping and also develop transferable skills like CV writing, interview techniques and confidence, which are needed to secure and maintain employment.
The support from the DM Thomas Foundation is essential to ensuring that young people like Hassan can attend and participate fully in Young Enterprise Scotland’s programmes. Being able to provide good nutrition for our young people is such an important part of our activities, giving them the energy needed to work, the space to share a meal and the chance to socialise with their fellow participants.
Hassan said: “Finding work here is so different. At home we just need to go out and ask for a job. Here you need to show your skills and write everything down and do interviews – it’s not like that in Sudan. Before I came to Young Enterprise Scotland I had no CV. I’ve also had the chance to help others, which I really like doing”. Now in possession of his first ever CV, Hassan continues to apply for jobs and attend interviews to help him secure a gardening job in Scotland.