Steven’s Story

Steven has been working with InsideOut since April 2020, having spent a year in custody. He was full of ideas about his future but lacked support. He and the coordinator of InsideOut, Jason Hudson, started discussing the kind of career he would like. Initially, Steven thought he might like to give back and complete a qualification in Health and Social Care – but this seemed as if it might involve a little too much course work, and he wasn’t sure if he would keep up with the studies.

Steven’s probation worker agreed and thought that an alternative, shorter training course might be better. Steven then found out about a Track Safety course and the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) Card. Jason supported Steven to get him test ready, and he was then interviewed by the course facilitator who thought Steven would be a great fit. Steven started the course in mid-September, finishing in early October.

Following that, he had to complete a trial period of work on the railways, which then led to being offered a full-time position. In addition, he’ll be getting a company van in December and will transport co-workers to and from jobs. He has already been offered Christmas shifts!

Steven said:

I couldn’t have done this without all of the support I have received during a very difficult year. Thank you!

Find out more about the InsideOut project here.