A visit to one of Sanctuary’s developments in Scotland has led to a future career in construction for one Scottish teenager, thanks to our MORE! programme.

Jack Gallagher visiting the Mount Pleasant development

Jack Gallagher was part of a group of youngsters who visited our Mount Pleasant development in Greenock, Inverclyde back in the summer of 2019. He was there visiting with the charity Action for Children who provide employment support for young people. His visit was part of a ten-week course he was on, undertaking training in painting, decorating and electrical work. His enthusiasm on-site impressed our contractor partners Cruden so much that they offered to take Jack on a work placement which led to him being offered a permanent position.

MORE! sees us work with contractor partners who can add value to our development programme by providing social, environmental and economic benefits directly to the neighbourhoods where we work.

As well as pledging to donate manpower, resources and equipment to help local community projects our partners promise to create local employment and training opportunities.

Jack was initially offered a position as a labourer at Mount Pleasant and has recently gone on to start a new role with our contractor partner as an Apprentice joiner and said the experience has been life-changing: “From starting with Action for Children I didn’t realise my potential. Then moving onto the work placement, learning and being guided with the work on I began to realise my full potential and gained confidence in myself and my abilities.

Assistant Site Manager Martin McLaughlin said Jack has come on in leaps and bounds: “When Jack started with us during his placement, he was quite nervous and shy. As he began his time with us, he showed he was keen to work and learn, and carry all tasks given to him thoroughly, he was respectful, polite and even had to be told to stop for his breaks. He has evolved with his confidence and can be trusted completely to carry out tasks. He is a delight to work with, always polite, respectful, honest and extremely hard working.

Jack Gallagher and Martin McLaughlin wearing safety gear

Colleen Eccles spearheads Sanctuary’s MORE! programme: “Jacks story just shows how important links between learning and work experience can be for young people. We are proud that we provide work experience opportunities on all our sites in Scotland and England. It can open doors for many young people into active and rewarding careers in construction, and our partners see the importance of being part of our programme and doing more for local communities with us.

For information on Sanctuary’s MORE! programme visit our online section. Schools, colleges and employment services that would like further information on MORE! through talks, webinars or information about work placement and apprenticeship opportunities available across England and Scotland should get in touch with Colleen.Eccles@Sanctuary-Housing.co.uk.

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