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'Training for Work'
Martin left school at the age of 15 due to difficulties with his father who had an alcohol problem. With no qualifications and no prospects for the future, Martin started taking drugs and got into trouble with the Police for shoplifting. After months of family conflict, Martin left home and went to stay with friends. With little in the way of support Martin felt scared and isolated. He contacted YASP who helped him secure a place in a local foyer scheme. Four years on and Martin has a tenancy of his own. He recently completed his A Levels (2B’s and 1C), and is now undertaking a Degree in Sports Science with the University of Ulster. Martin’s goal is to run the London Marathon this year.
Martin, age 20 (Service User YASP)
Many young people who are homeless have, for reasons beyond their control, missed out on some of their schooling. They now lack the necessary qualifications to find secure employment. For other young people, traumatic life events and their experience of homelessness has deskilled and isolated them, resulting in a destructive cycle of unemployment, mental health problems, addiction and offending, which has prevented them from taking control of their lives and moving on.
At First Housing, we believe education and training are crucial to helping young people who are homeless to equip themselves with the skills they need to find and sustain work. By engaging young people in education and training we hope to enhance their independence and future employability and help them move forward with their lives.