Thomas’s story

Thomas has autism and was referred to the Employability and Skills Service in June 2015. He left school with little in the way of qualifications, no clear idea as to what he wanted to do or the necessary work skills. To help him gain the work skills needed for the world of work as well as suitable qualifications he signed up to Project Search.   As an intern on this intensive 1 year programme he completed three work placements and the Dumfries and Galloway Employability Award. 

Project Search helped him to improve his work skills, his social skills as well as develop his confidence and self-esteem.  Thomas left the project able to apply for work and prepare for interviews, with a CV that he knew how to develop.

The project helped with my CV and the work skills I needed to find work

Thomas knew what type of work he wanted to go into, particularly as he has always had a keen interest in motor vehicles. With his new gained work skills and qualifications, Thomas applied for work in the motor trade and was successful in obtaining a work trial resulting in an offer of a full time job with Robertson Gemini, as a car valet.  With initial assistance, through a funded programme, Thomas successfully sustained his job for over a year, where he continues to work.

Employability supported me into a job that I like and feel I am good at!