Derrick took part in the BasWorx Work Academy programme which lasted for six weeks between April and June 2017. This included one week of classroom based H&S training, and one week painting and decorating training, followed by work experience.
Derrick is originally from Walthamstow and moved to Basildon 6 years ago to be closer to his step daughter and grandchildren. He enjoys family life and spends his spare time exercising – particularly running.
He was unemployed for 7 months before he enrolled with BasWorx. He was originally doing security work and was a part-time cleaner at Aldi which shows he was keen to work. He found the biggest challenge in finding a new job were lack of relevant qualifications. He mentioned to his job coach at the job centre that he was interested in getting a CSCS card and learning construction skills; this is when he was referred to the BasWorx ‘Work to Learn’ programme.
Derrick has never done any painting and decorating before in the past so has really enjoyed the opportunity to learn new skills and pick up hints and tips about how to improve. “I never thought I’d be able to get into the industry without going back to college, so this is a good opportunity and stepping stone to see if this is something I want to do”.
On his first day on site his foot became swollen and he had to go to the hospital to get a suspected infection checked out. Despite an infection being confirmed, he was so motivated to continue that he still came in the next morning and carried on!
His tutor and BasWorx supervisors said Derrick picked up the new skills well and formed good relationships within the team. His job search experience really embedded the importance of gaining relevant qualifications and Derrick is very pleased to have been successful at the final interview and to now have the opportunity to progress, upskilling through a L2 painting and decorating apprenticeship on paid contract with BasWorx.