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Michael’s story – Helping with motivation and overcoming barriers

Michael completed his secondary education obtaining grades good enough to seek a job but he lost motivation and his lifestyle became problematic leading him to become homeless. Michael moved into supported accommodation. Black Country Impact advised Michael about the range of different training providers, colleges and local apprenticeship opportunities but his motivation decreased over time.

On Michael’s arrival on Impact we talked about removing the barriers to enable his participation in training, education and employment. He didn't feel comfortable going back into 16 to 18 mainstream education. Through Black Country Impact we looked at putting together a bespoke package based on his interests. We researched jobs he could see himself progressing in and we looked at the job specifications and the qualifications and experience needed. Through Black Country Impact we used this to build a package of support to remove the barriers keeping him from employment like health and safety in the workplace, first aid, and other vocational courses.

Through the support provided by Black Country Impact Michael is now able to take the steps to improve his life and seek employment.