“When my dad heard about the brickie job he took me out for dinner. He has never done anything like that before”.
J came to Glasgow Together having never before having held a job of any kind. At no point in his near 30 years had he spent a single day in employment. J had been in and out of prison since a young man and was addicted to prescription drugs and a heavy dependence on alcohol.
J was referred to us via a contact in a local college having completed some education whilst incarcerated, he had decided his life couldn’t continue on this path but saw no way out. Glasgow Together gave him that opportunity when no one else would.
It’s fair to say the first three months could be looked back on as somewhat tricky – it is no small feat to change a lifetime of behaviour. The important thing is that the willingness was there on J’s part and slowly but surely he became an invaluable member of the team.
After nine months learning a variety of entirely new skills he so impressed the bricklaying contractor that he was offered full time work progressing to an apprenticeship which will keep him in well paid gainful employment for the rest of his life.
J’s own words sum this up in a way no one else could “Without this I would have had nothing, I would have been sitting in some flat drinking at 11 o’clock in the morning.
When my dad heard about the brickie job he took me out for dinner. He has never done anything like that before”.