Case Study: Pathway Programme
Taken from the job centre and onto the Pathway Programme with the Bournemouth and Poole College, Alistair Nelhams shares his journey.
“Shelley would put sheets out with jobs on a table at the Job Centre. I spotted this and asked what it was about. It sounded interesting and something I wanted to do.
My dad had been part of Siemens in Southampton and knew the company. As it is a good company and massive, this was the best way to get into something like this”.
“It’s good work and I enjoy working with the people I work with too. It’s that little step back into work. It helped me because I was out for a little while and I needed that push to get back into it.
I’d been struggling for so long that it was finally, yes, I could try and get my foot in the door of somewhere and hopefully stay on.”
“I learnt a wide range of skills including technical skills, Printed Circuit Board (PCB), at school.
I learnt the manufacturing side of things too.
I also learnt how to set myself specific goals and targets as part of my journey and personal development.”
“The programme has given me so much more confidence to talk to people again as I had become very closed. Now I could approach anyone, somebody I have never met, talk to them and hopefully work from there.
Eight weeks feels a long time, but it does reap its rewards if you are willing to work hard enough and get that job.”
Alistair Nelmans at work. Photo Courtesy of Spectrum Housing Group