As part of our Hope for Youths initiative we were delighted to support 19 year old youths Jamie Spencer and Zak Armstrong from Coatbridge on their road out of unemployment and journey towards a fulfilling future. Hope for Youths aims to facilitate those first chances in life, inspiring young people to prioritise their future and promote positive and supported pathways into further education or employment.
Jamie and Zak faced challenges seeking employment and were delighted when offered the opportunity to be trained free of charge as Tilers by founder of the DIY Trade School, Robert Crawford. Robert is a real community champion and trains young people facing barriers to employment, free of charge, when time and resources allow, as he is a great believer in giving youths that step-up chance whenever and wherever possible. Therefore, when Robert reached out to AR26 as part of our Hope for Youths initiative explaining that Jamie and Zak had successfully completed their training, however, needed equipped with the tools and resources to embark on their journey as tilers, AR26 were delighted to help.
Jamie and Zak were presented with vouchers for STAX Glasgow to equip them with all the essentials to build their experience and engage in employment with Colin Miller Tiling. Promoting and supporting positive pathways for young people in Scotland is a key aim of AR26, Head of Partnerships, Amanda Nisanci said:
“The time and effort Robert Crawford devotes freely to support young people gain invaluable skills to tackle youth employment is truly admirable and we were delighted to join Robert in supporting Jamie and Zak with the resources they required to embark on their tiling career. We wish Jamie and Zak the best for their future and look forward to following their journey. We are passionate about the Young Person’s Guarantee and delighted that this support comes after last week’s Third Sector theme around this.”