Kevin gained a lot of confidence and useful skills after securing a placement with support from Employability Services.
Kevin referred himself to Employability Services for support with getting into the horticulture sector. He felt he needed to refresh his gardening skills so that he could easier gain employment. Horticulture, gardening, and pond care are skills that he had spent many years learning. He had also, in the past, gained solid experience from various voluntary placements and personal interests.
Kevin openly says that he finds social situations challenging and can struggle to deal with groups of people, therefore tends to shy away from such situations.
As part of the support, a voluntary placement was organised at Grant Thorold Park, where he has been able to put his previous experience to good use. He was able to refresh his skills and even learn some more. He is also gaining a lot more confidence around others by being able to share his wealth of knowledge with those that he works alongside.
When asked about his experience, Kevin said:
“I’m really happy to be back outside working. I’m doing what I love.
“I used to be stuck indoors all day, but now I feel I much prefer being outdoors gardening.”
We asked Kevin’s Employability Support Worker, Tracy Chaplin, about her experience supporting him. She said:
“Kevin is always so positive when he speaks about his experience. He is a lot more motivated since starting his placement. I really hope he gains paid employment in this sector.”
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