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Paul Ebury


Paul recently completed the BasWorx Work Academy programme which lasted for six weeks, commencing in April, and finishing in June 2017. This included one week of classroom based H&S training, and one week painting and decorating training, followed by work experience.

Paul has shown great technical aptitude and is a natural painter and decorator. He is always friendly, polite and approachable. His good attendance record in partnership with his performance on site and at the interview has meant he has now been offered a full time, paid contract with BasWorx. Within this employment opportunity he will be able to formalise his technical skills through completion of the Level 2 painting and decorating apprenticeship and will become a qualified painter and decorator within a year.

Before BasWorx he had been unemployed for 4 months after the groundwork he was completing through an agency dried up. Prior to that he has been unemployed on and off and was frustrated with inconsistent agency roles.  His job coach informed him about the BasWorx opportunity and he’s glad this was something he could get involved with.

Already a CSCS card holder, Paul is used to construction site work.  He had done a range of construction work in the past and was attracted to the BasWorx programme because of the opportunity to prove himself and potentially progress with a large reputable employer.

“I’m dyslexic so I struggle with the classroom side, but I really enjoy the practical side and working with my hands to get the job done”.

“It’s been a great laugh working with the team, I’ve learned quite a bit from the teachers and supervisors including some handy tips.  Some of the stuff I already knew but it was a good refresher”.

“I didn’t want to go back to agency work, they would always promise you the next job was lined up but there would always be long gaps in between.  I wanted something more stable”.

Paul is pleased to have been successful on the programme and to have progressed on to paid employment with the opportunity to enhance his existing skills.

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