Dean changes careers with Skills Support for Employment: Greater Manchester

Dean changes careers with Skills Support for Employment: Greater Manchester

 26th April 2021

Dean set his sights on working in the construction industry, after being made redundant. Take a look and read how he did it with the support of Skills Support for Employment.

Dean was originally referred to Skills Support for Employment by his local Jobcentre Plus, after being made redundant. At this time, he was unemployed after having worked irregular hours at a soft drink company. He was looking for work, specifically, he was after a career change. Dean commented that his confidence was low, as he’d lost his job, and didn’t want to go into a job that he wouldn’t enjoy. His previous role had him working unsociable hours, which meant that he’d miss his two children.

Dean has an interest in construction and maintenance and had already undertaken some training and gained limited site experience, but he needed help takin his ambition further. His main barrier to achieving his goal is that he didn’t have any formal qualifications in construction and had mainly picked up skills through practical learning.

During the programme at our partner Skills Construction Centre, a dedicated facility for construction and maintenance skills, Dean worked hard and undertook practical and theory-based studies, achieving the following qualifications:

  • Entry Level 3 in Building and Construction
  • Level 1 Award in Bricklaying
  • Level 1 Award in Painting and Decorating
  • Level 1 Certificate in Tiling
  • Level 1 Certificate in Plastering
  • Level 1 Certificate in Multi-craft Construction
  • Knowledge of Maintenance

Throughout this programme, Dean’s confidence grew, and since leaving the programme he’s gained a position in floor laying with Balfour Beatty. Whilst in this position, his employer has recognised Dean’s wide skillset in different trade areas, and this has led him to be continuously employed throughout the pandemic, doing a role he’s much happier in.

Dean comments; “I feel like my mental health has improved as a result of undertaking the programme. I now have a job that I enjoy more than my last job, and a better working pattern which helps to maintain a good work/life balance for me and my family. I’m a Dad of 2, so I find this new pattern helps me keep more sociable hours, so I can spend more time with my children.”

Dean has worked hard and now finds himself on a career trajectory that he’s pleased with. If you, like Dean, are looking for work and need help finding a way into the career you know is right for you- get in touch by clicking here. We operate across Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Sheffield City Region, and we’re here to help.