Zach and Nathan joined the scheme in May 2018, they had both had some short contracts in warehouse environments but were struggling to find reliable full time positions. Whilst both were outgoing and confident they had struggled to convert a high number of different applications into interviews. Thanks to the Pump’s excellent links with local job centres, they were encouraged to apply for the course by their respective job coaches.

They both equipped themselves well to the course material and developed excellent CVs and cover letters, also gained certificates in manual handling and first aid. Both reported they found the course informative and engaging. Their time in the makerspace resulted in some excellent individual designs of keyrings, coasters and glassware and also some innovative products for the Pump promotional item group session. They both attained their OCN level 1 in digital fabrication.

As both had an interest in cars, Nathan had completed a mechanics course at college, they were both placed with a local firm that fabricate custom body work and panels for the automotive trade. After a first day hiccup when the bus dropped Nathan at the wrong stop and some frantic map searching took place, both candidates settled into the working routine and reported back that they really enjoyed the work and were being treated well by the staff and management. The boss backed this up by saying;

“There both really good both have made a good effort so far. All good so far and yes the travel issues have settled down.”

After the 100 hour placement had been completed we were delighted to hear that both candidates had been offered full time employment and had accepted the positions. We still receive updates from time to time and both are said to really be getting to grips with the role, even pursuing extra training on laser CNC machines of a type extremely similar to those we use in the Pump’s Makerspace.

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