Damian, 26, from Burnley has been able to turn redundancy into employment with recognised qualifications to boot, thanks to the Response to Redundancy programme delivered by Blackburn based training provider, Training 2000.
Having recently been made redundant from the scaffolding industry, Damian was struggling to find further employment. To add to the challenge, throughout his years in the industry he hadn’t achieved any formal qualifications to recognise his skills and experience.
Damian was referred to the Response to Redundancy programme through Jobcentre Plus, who put him in touch with Training 2000. Whilst on the programme he qualified for funding which enabled him to study for a Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS) Part 1 qualification and a one day Mobile Tower (PASMA) competence course.
Damian comments: “I have been in the industry for quite a few years but none of my previous employers had ever put me forward for formal training. When I was made redundant it meant it was even harder to find work as employers required me to have the CISRS Part 1 training certificate.
“To receive the funding to gain the qualification whilst being out of work was great, it gave me the edge I needed to get back in work.”
With the qualifications under his belt, Damian was able to secure a job with PJ Scaffolding in Burnley and has already signed up to complete the CISRS Part 2 working towards his NVQ Level 2 through Train to Gain, supported by his new employer.
Steph Wilson, Scaffolding Coordinator at Training 2000 comments: “The funding available through the Response to Redundancy programme has enabled Damian to find employment and progress his scaffolding career.
“The programme has increased his confidence and he is very keen on continuing his scaffolding training and achieving his NVQ Level 2 qualification”
Damian will commence his CISRS Part 2 course shortly, alongside two other employees from PJ Scaffolding who have also linked to Train to Gain funding to progress their industry knowledge and skills.
Damian concludes: “The programme has not only provided me with the relevant qualifications to gain employment, it has really stepped my career up a gear and given me the confidence and belief to succeed.”
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