Tom’s story

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Tom’s experience with Barnardo's

Tom was referred to Barnardo’s Employability Fund from Job Centre Plus. He had been unemployed for over 2 years at the time of joining the programme. Tom was homeless and had a history of drug and alcohol abuse. In addition to this, he was a young parent and desperately wanted get his life on track for himself and his family, he was willing to try anything.

Tom initially completed a 2 week placement with a local plumbing company and received outstanding feedback. From there, Tom was able to secure a much longer placement with Malcolm Construction Services at their yard in Glasgow. He enjoyed the work very much assisting with heavy plant maintenance and completed an 8 week placement with, once again, outstanding feedback.  

Barnardo’s Works then helped Tom to secure more permanent employment. He was successfully employed as an Assistant Plant Mechanic by the Director of Plant for MCS.

Tom has now been employed for over 6 months and is no longer homeless, having moved backed in with his partner.