Mike’s Story

Mike had successfully completed his BTEC Level 3 in Photography prior to joining the YES Project. But after college, he was left confused with what to do next and found himself on universal credit. Whilst Mike kept himself busy with hobbies such as weekly games and arts clubs, he felt he wanted to try something new.

Mike is open in saying that he wanted to do something with his time, and thought the idea of volunteering would be a good place to start. So at his next appointment with his work coach, he mentioned this and was told about an upcoming programme with YES Project delivery partner, The Prince’s Trust.

The Prince’s Trust was running one of their popular ‘Get Started’ programmes, and this particular one was ‘Get Started with Canal Boats’. This entailed working on a canal boat for a short period of time; restoring it and learning along the way. Mike thought this sounded like an excellent opportunity for him, as he liked the fact it was practical and outside.

“When I started on the Canal Boats programme I was introduced to my keyworker, Faye, who was able to give me lots more info about the YES Project. I was particularly intrigued as Faye mentioned about building up my job skills one step at a time, like career guidance, building a CV, mock interviews and much more.”

After meeting Faye and hearing about all the other opportunities available to him as a participant on the project, Mike was keen to get involved with as much as he possibly could. So after completing the programme with The Prince’s Trust, Mike dove into a variety of sessions with other delivery partners.

Mike began working on his employability by attending a careers guidance session with Bangladeshi Youth & Cultural Shomiti (BYCS), then he completed his CV with Leicestershire Cares. He also took part in numerous other activities, such as a World of Work Tour at a popular restaurant in the city.

Mike also accessed the Get Creative sessions held at Soft Touch Arts, working with different creative mediums to work towards an end goal. He also proactively participated, and was a pillar in, the Youth Leadership Group (YLG); a place where participants were able to help shape the YES Project and learn crucial skills like leadership and communication along the way.

“Taking part in YES programmes and activities has helped build my confidence. I feel like my journey into getting a job is coming along nicely as this is what I will be focusing on from now on. I’m really getting on well with people and meeting people from all different walks of life.”

Mike still remains active on the YES Project, and says that the progress he has made has encouraged him to do even more. His next goal is to work towards job searching and ultimately, find a role.

Please note: the picture included in this story was taken prior to the COVID-19 outbreak.