Seventeen year-old Dylan joined Street League not long after he was let go by Greenock Morton FC youth team. His confidence was low and he had little direction of where he wanted to go in life with his dream of becoming a professional footballer looking unlikely to happen.

Dylan arrived at a Street Football session and was extremely quiet, but when put into a match situation his confidence started to come through. Having spoken to Dylan it was clear he needed to explore different career pathways and be pushed out of his comfort zone to reinforce his strengths.

During the Academy, Dylan created his first CV and worked with staff to develop his interview and interpersonal skills. Dylan progressed to the stage where he was comfortable in leading peer sessions, and took on the responsibility of managing his own exercise ‘station’ at a Primary School community event.

During the Academy, Dylan also took part in workshops, college tours and information workshops from various guests. Following this, Dylan expressed an interest in trades as he felt these best suited his skills and qualities. Street League staff approached Jewson’s Paisley Branch Manager, Kenny Peacock, who was extremely happy to help. Dylan was asked to meet the manager for an informal interview which resulted in him gaining a work placement. Having impressed staff with his application, attitude and work ethic, Dylan was offered an apprenticeship with the company in warehousing.

With Dylan’s success, Jewson is now taking on their second Street League Renfrewshire graduate as another Apprentice.

Dylan said: “I am extremely grateful to Street League. Without them I wouldn’t of had the opportunities and experiences to progress to where I am now. I would definitely recommend anyone who is out of work to take part in the programme.”