Frans started his Restart Scheme journey in Penzance and was homeless at the time. He managed to secure a place with his partner so was then transferred to the Penryn JCP and the Restart Scheme office with our delivery partner in Cornwall, Reed in Partnership.

Frans was in regular contact with his Employment Adviser at Reed in Partnership, Calam. Frans always turned up to his appointments with a goal to progress and his positive and resilient personality helped him along the way, especially when he found money was getting tighter with the cost of living. Frans was always open to looking at new sectors and enjoyed learning something new. His biggest barrier was being able to provide proof of his settled status.

Setting goals

Once we had the Right to Work documents, we then focused all our time onto what he liked to do as well as seeking opportunities to learn something new. We first started with a long-term goal of working in renewable energy and made plans to reach out to Siemens energy for their graduate programme. Once we had a long-term goal, we then looked though his CV and highlighted his transferable skills. His biggest skills came from his previous experience working as a carpenter on boats and yachts. This, paired with his amazing communication skills, meant that we were confident to start actively job searching in this sector.

Back into work

In Falmouth, there are endless companies all working within the shipyards. Frans, Calam and Will, the Recruitment manager, sent out multiple CVs to a wide range of companies such as Pendennis, Ponsharden and Mylor creek. We supported his application online, and before long he was invited to an interview, and offered the role the same day!

Once Frans was sent his conditional offer, he noticed some of the tools required for the role were power tools. Frans has always worked with hand tools as most shipyards expect you to be away from any plug sources. Calam then sent an email to Lisa, the Business Manager, and asked if we could support in any way. Lisa agreed that Frans should not miss out on a great job opportunity, as he had fully engaged with the Restart Scheme and has come a long way from where he was at the beginning of the programme.

Support from start to finish

We ordered him a MAKITA DLX4137X1 18V 3 X 3.0AH LI-ION LXT CORDLESS 4-PIECE KIT, and on his first day, Calam and Will went to visit him and deliver his new tools. Frans was extremely grateful for their support and has said he is excited to start his new role. Frans is now a Boat Builder earning over £14 an hour!

We all wish Frans a successful future. #NoOneLeftBehind

In partnership with Reed in Partnership. The Restart Scheme is funded by the Department for Work and Pensions.

Area: Cornwall

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