From homelessness to permanent employment

Tom was referred to Barnardo’s Employability Fund from Job Centre Plus. He had been unemployed for over two years, was homeless and had a history of drug and alcohol abuse.

Two workers in workshop

Tom was a young parent and desperately wanted to get his life on track - for himself and his family. He was willing to try anything.

Tom initially completed a two 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 (MCS) at their yard in Glasgow. He enjoyed the work, assisting with heavy plant maintenance and completing an eight-week placement with outstanding feedback.  

Barnardo’s Works then helped Tom to secure more permanent employment: he was successfully employed as Assistant Plant Mechanic at MCS and is no longer homeless, having moved backed in with his partner.

Find out about training and employment opportunities near you.