Steven's story

When a young person is expelled from school, they can feel like society has given up on them.

Steven was excluded aged just 15, which threatened to put him on a slippery slope. Without proper education or training, young people can fall through the cracks in the job market, struggling to find work or afford anywhere to live.

Luckily, Steven found Giroscope, a project funded by LandAid. With Giroscope, Steven started a one-day-a-week work experience placement, helping him gain basic construction skills, improve his concentration and motivation, and form better relationships with people.

Over the next nine months, Steven developed his skills and confidence. He showed a keen interest in becoming a joiner, so Giroscope offered him an apprenticeship. He took Level 1 and Level 2 Joinery courses and completed his apprenticeship successfully.

Steven was back on the road to employment, and Giroscope was there to support him. The charity helped him apply for a ‘Development Grant’ from the Prince’s Trust to get his own tools, and assisted him with finding transport to work using a ‘wheels to work’ scheme run by East Riding Council that offers the loan of a scooter.

After two years working with Giroscope, Steven got a job with a local joinery company. He has grown into an amiable, responsible young man and his future is looking much brighter.