Our Fair Start Scotland participant Jake came to us first and foremost to get help to find employment. When we met Jake, he did not have an updated CV, so that was our priority initially. We focused on helping him to create an engaging CV that he could use to apply for jobs.
Jake suffered from what is often referred to as "digital exclusion" as he only had access to one device – his personal phone – and it wasn't even a smartphone. This meant that he was unable to go online for applications, job searching or training.
This problem needed to be addressed as it represented a serious obstacle to what Jake could achieve. We put in a referral with Connect Scotland as Jake matched their second phase criteria for digital inclusion. We hoped he would get a device as soon as possible.
The Connect Scotland referral was accepted and to Jake's delight, we were able to deliver a new Chromebook to his home shortly after. As expected, the laptop opened up his opportunities and he was able to upload his CV and create accounts on various online job boards such as Indeed and S1 Jobs.
Within two weeks Jake secured a labouring job which he applied for himself via Indeed. It was a really good starting point for him and we were really happy to see that the support we offered had finally paid off.
A few weeks ago we were delighted to hear that Jake was able to improve his circumstances further with new employment for Wilson Inglis Joiners.
Well done Jake!