Kenneth first approached the
service back in July 2020 when he had already been furloughed for several
months from his job as a coach driver.
He was facing redundancy and wanted to be proactive in changing his
As he was employed at the time
Kenneth was entitled to 70% funding with training to improve his employment
prospects. He wanted to retrain as an
HGV driver and with his previous experience as a coach driver was an excellent
candidate for this training.
Funding was approved and Kenneth
started Class 2 driver training with a local training provider in October
2020. Unfortunately due to a minor error
he was unsuccessful at his first attempt but we quickly arranged to fund a
resit and Kenneth was then successful in passing his Class 2 test in
Just a month later he started a
new job with Billy Bowie Special Projects and got back into the swing of
working and getting to know the job.
Within a few months Kenneth had gained confidence and wanted to pursue
further training. We liaised with the
Parental Employability Support Fund and managed to secure further funding for
Kenneth to complete Class 1 driver training.
Early in June 2021 Kenneth passed
his Class 1 test, at the first attempt and was able to secure a higher salary
and further improved his employment.
Kenneth is still working at BBSP and has made fantastic progress.
"During the pandemic there was
lots of uncertainty in the coaching industry. I was on furlough hearing that redundancies
may be on the cards. Rather than sit and wait and go round the bend in the
house I contacted east Ayrshire works. Who put me in contact with Isabel
Stewart to assist me in upskilling to HGV class 2. Within 1 month I managed to
get a job with Billy Bowie special projects, then managed with Isabel's help
and guidance to get further funding to obtain my class 1 license. Opening more
doors for me within the company. I cannot thank Isabel and east ayrshire works
for their help, guidance and support. I wouldn't hesitate in advising anyone in
asking them for assistance in obtaining training or helping you get that job
Many thanks from k Wilson"