David was homeless, unemployed and without a clear direction in his life when he first attended Spear, the Resurgo Trust personal development and youth employment preparation programme supported by Impetus – PEF. He not only went on to successfully complete the programme, but directly afterwards, he secured a rewarding job that offered him a real future.
In David’s words:
At 11-years-old, alcohol problems in my family caused my brother and I to be put into government care. At age 12 we were placed with a foster home, at which point life improved as we experienced a stable family environment. My schooling saw a definite improvement and I realised how different life could be with stability, love and support. For the first time in my life, I went on a holiday.
I left school at 16 with 2 GCSE C Grades in Maths and Science and took a cleaning job while studying for an NVQ Level II certificate in IT. Despite passing the qualification, I had no clue which way to take my career, I didn’t have one! There was very little good career advice around. I was told to just take any job without concentrating on any particular field, which I proceeded to do.
Over time I took on a couple of sales positions, but ultimately found them unrewarding; I experienced no job satisfaction at all. I attempted going back to college to study business but found that I couldn’t afford the high rent in the hostel I was living in if I wasn’t working, so soon dropped out and was doing anything I could to keep up rental payments and avoid losing my accommodation. This backfired on me as I was made homeless soon afterwards.
It was a few months later when I was in the Job Centre applying for a Crisis Loan that I had the chance to meet Jo from the Spear programme. Jo explained the course to me and it sounded like just what I needed – help in getting career direction and forging a relevant future for myself, rather than jumping from one job to the next without any goals or targets.
Spear, with its unique teaching methods, helped me to realise my skills and the potential I have to find a fulfilling career in my chosen field. I loved studying for my qualification and scored 93% in my exam, which was really exciting.
At the end of the Spear programme, I was offered a unique opportunity to undertake a three-month training contract with the communications consultancy company MEC Global. It was the opportunity of a lifetime and I threw myself into it. It was a tricky start. In my first week there my mother passed away from serious alcohol abuse, but the company was kind enough to give me a week off before I returned to complete my placement.
On my birthday – the day before my placement was due to finish – MEC offered me the position of Accounts Executive within the sponsorship department, working on increasing client’s brand profile via activities related to sport, media, music, and the arts. I found myself constantly learning whilst at MEC. The day-to-day work was never the same and I relished the diversity of the workload and the flexibility of my role.