Our employment support programme, Ambition Coventry, has helped one of our participants, LJ gain employment for the first time!
LJ first attended an interview with McDonalds after hearing John Kiely, local McDonald’s franchisee, speak during our open evening, hearing John speak passionately about what McDonalds can offer young people and his belief in the strength of young people. Both Clifford (a previous beneficiary of the PYF Ambition programme) and LJ attended an interview at this point but unfortunately, only Clifford was successful at this time.
This did not stop LJ, who had since moved into his own home and had started to live independently. LJ was determined to secure employment, working closely with Abu Miah on our Progress sessions and John Kiely, a PYF Champion! Over the course of several weeks, we worked with LJ to increase his awareness of interview skills, develop his CV and to develop his professional skillset.
Through our links with John, LJ was given another chance to impress, and this time, he did! LJ was helped by PYF to apply for the job online before being accepted for an interview at McDonalds in Coventry City Centre.
Abu Miah, youth coach at the Positive Youth Foundation, said “LJ is a keen photographer and worked alongside our marketing and communications officer to gain experience,”
“LJ has worked extremely hard in both the academic and non-academic sessions, trying his upmost best to learn and has become a role model for his peers. I was delighted to hear he gained employment, and I want to wish him all the best on his journey!”
Speaking about our links with John Kiely, Abu said “I’d like to thank John, he doesn’t give up on young people and always sees the good in them” and we couldn’t agree more.
LJ is a prime example of what working hard and accepting help can achieve. By working with us, LJ has overcome a series of barriers to employment, including confidence issues to gaining employment at McDonalds. It’s a fantastic journey for him, and we with LJ all the best in the future during his time at McDonalds.
Ambition Coventry is a youth employment initiative funded through the European Social Fund. It works with anyone aged between 16 and 19 who lives in Coventry and is not in any form of employment, education or training (NEET).