At the time of joining Street League, Jason had been out of paid employment for around two years. As he loved football, he decided that the Academy course would be the perfect opportunity for him to improve his employability skills and re-focus on finding employment.

Whilst on the course, Jason became a valuable member of the team and impressed Street League staff with his confidence and work ethic. He took on board advice from lessons, mock interviews and employer visits and was soon keen to put his new skills to the test and find employment. He was put forward for an interview with Vantage Hyundai and was successful in gaining a work placement.

Whilst on placement, Jason was given the opportunity to spend time in all areas of the business by Paul, the General Manager. This included time spent in an office environment, sales, valeting cars and working with the technicians in the workshop. Jason was given many tasks to complete during his week with Vantage Hyundai. He most enjoyed being given the responsibility of checking all the stock and mileage, doing service washes and readying new cars for the showroom.

Jason said: “The first Monday on work placement I woke up feeling really positive because I had something to do with my life. I went in thinking that I would get stuck in and give 100% and the placement didn’t disappoint. I got to spend time in all areas of the business and had a great laugh with everyone. I decided that valeting was the area I most enjoyed and so Paul arranged for me to have an interview! I would love to follow in Paul’s footsteps, he has been a great mentor. I am really grateful to Paul and Vantage Hyundai for giving me the opportunity.”

Paul says the process of working with Street League to give work experience to a young person has been really simple.

He said: “I started out cleaning cars and worked my way up to the position I am in now so it was great to be able to give Jason an opportunity to begin his journey. The process of taking someone on placement has been really simple. Jason has been excellent, showing a really positive ‘can do’ attitude and we have thoroughly enjoyed having him on board.”