Robert’s Climb to Apprenticeship

In July last year, when 17 year old Robert Quinn from Linwood decided to volunteer at his local gala day, little did he know that it was a decision that would ultimately land him on an exciting new career path just over six months later.

As part of Streetlinks Volunteer Participation Programme being delivered in partnership with Linstone Housing Association, Streetlinks staff offered to provide their mobile climbing wall for the Linwood summer gala day if Linwood Community Group provided some volunteers to help out on the day.  Along came local resident Robert.

Robert enjoyed his experience on the day so much that he agreed to become an ongoing participant in the Streetlinks programme which aims to provide youth work experience and qualifications to local volunteers from the areas they are working in.  Between July and February Robert provided 112 hours of volunteering with Streetlinks and also managed to complete his introduction to youth work training, climbing wall training and the Glasgow University Activate Course but most important of all Robert gained a great deal of self confidence and willingness to take up opportunities when they are presented and lucky for him, with the current Streetlinks programme nearing its end, just such an opportunity arose.

Throughout this time Community Links Scotland had also been working with Linstone Housing Association, two other FLAIR RSLs and SHARE to establish a Modern Apprentice Programme in Housing Management, under the newly approved framework.  When the posts were advertised in February Robert knew this was the opportunity for him!  He was successful at interview and recently started work with Linstone Housing Association.  Now 18, Robert will gain a year’s paid work experience through this apprenticeship as well as completing a CIH Level II Certificate in Housing Practice and SVQ Level II in Housing Management.

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