Build Yourself project

image: Build YourselfBuild Yourself teaches painting and decorating skills to unemployed youth aged 18 to 24 across East Sussex.

It's a great chance to build their confidence and get real workplace experience. Participants are given guidance by a professional painter and decorator.

And there's even help and support to gain a CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) card for those interested in working as a labourer.

image: a young person doing DIY on the Build Yourself programmeThis project offers:
  • Four fun DIY workshops to start with, learning skills like wallpapering and how to use power tools
  • The chance to decorate a community venue or space (two mornings a week for five weeks).
This project won the 2018 TPAS Excellence in Employment Skills and Training - Landlord Award.

Case study: Shane's story

Shane-(2).jpgI had YMCA housing but got into trouble, got arrested and lost it all. I hung around with the wrong people and thought I knew it all!

I enrolled on a Build Yourself course and loved it. I got more skills and experience and passed my CSCS straight away. Now I’m employed full time by DCB on an Optivo building site.

I was on benefits now I’m stepping up in life getting an education and job. I’m giving it my best shot and using it to turn my life around. Things are still hard but I’m saving for a flat deposit.

I keep passing on details about Build Yourself to people, I think everyone should be able to do it!


Case study: Joe's story

Joe.jpg"I felt angry because I couldn’t keep a job, I felt like I’d let my mum down…I wanted to prove that I could start and finish a course without being kicked off."

After a shaky start, Joe progressed really well, even volunteering to come in on a weekend to help finish varnishing the floor. Joe surprised himself by passing the CSCS qualification first time, proving to himself that if he put the work in he would get results.

“Build Yourself has opened up a whole new world of opportunity for me to get employment, it’s given me so many practical skills…Everyone is so helpful, without them I would be in the same situation. I’ve learnt to always follow your dreams – never give up."

"There is always potential to achieve if you stick at it and see it through. All I needed was for someone to believe in me and point me in the right direction and Build Yourself did this for me”.

Joe recently started his dream course, level 3 in Mechanics at Sussex Coast College.


Case study: Charlie's story

Charlie-Rickman-_-celebration-eventrz1-(1).jpgAfter leaving school Charlie worked cleaning trains, it was hard going but he was pleased to be earning. Then he went through a difficult relationship breakup and wasn't able to continue. Twelve months later Charlie still hadn’t been able to find a job and enrolled on the Build Yourself project.

He was outstanding on the course, showing up early every day and staying late to help staff clean up. Charlie gained his Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card through Build Yourself and staff helped him secure a two week work placement with Barrett Homes. Charlie excelled in his placement and the roofing subcontractors were so impressed with him they offered him a job.

Charlie has since moved onto a new role with Sussex Repointing Specialists and he’s loving it. He’s thankful to Build Yourself staff for their help, without the project he says he’d probably still be unemployed.

“Doing Build Yourself helped me get a job. It’s really relaxed and the staff are friendly and helpful.”

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