“It is critical that I stay in work or I know I’ll go back to 'other stuff'.”
Ryan was 19 when he joined the programme in June 2015. His mother had contacted us because she was eager to steer him away from the negative influences he was surrounded with and away from a life-style of crime.
Ryan admitted that adjusting to the routine of work and being told what to do would be difficult but was willing to try. He had a small amount of construction experience and was interested in developing this as a career option.
Considering Ryan came into the project so late, he has still gained skills and experience in several aspects of construction including carpentry work and assembling pre-fabricated timber sections, landscaping, drainage, plaster boarding, and general carpentry and site maintenance. Ryan has completed a one-day health and safety course and is due to renew his CSCS card.
Ryan really struggled to adapt to the world of work. He found it difficult to be told what to do, especially if he disliked the task or felt he is being given the lesser jobs. Ryan also struggled with attendance and found it hard to be at work every day. He slowly began to trust and respect those working around him and developed a really good relationship with his colleagues.
He really wants to improve himself and keep on the straight and narrow but is torn between this and the alternative life of making quick money and answering to no one but himself. He has achieved his target of getting back into football and is regularly playing for a team again which is a really positive move for him.
Ryan is continuing to work with Jericho on a trial basis in the hope that he can turn-a-corner. If not, Jericho will support Ryan in looking for other options.