Cameron's Story

Cameron, a Greater Manchester Talent Match beneficiary, laying laminate

Cameron, 19, joined Greater Manchester Talent Match in April 2017.

At the time, Cameron had been unemployed for around 18 Months.  After leaving school, he attended Salford Foundation on a CSCS Course but after a few months, felt the course wasn’t for him.  He then secured employment in a call centre but after a couple of weeks, the targets became unachievable and he decided to leave to look for alternative employment.  Determined to support a young family, Cameron was eager to find longer-term work.

Cameron’s Talent Coach, Amanda Wallwork from Salford Connexions, had known him since he left school in 2015.

She said: “Cameron was looking for something in the trade or construction sector but he had very limited experience in this area.

“Through a social media connection I found an advertisement for a junior laboring position.”

The post with JSK floors was advertised by Michelle Eaton of NLC Transport.

Michelle said: “There are lots of young people who just need a break. We wanted to find someone who, with some guidance and determination could learn a trade.”

The application was very straight forward and after meeting up with Cameron, he was offered the job straight away and started work the following day.

Under the tutelage of James Kirk, owner of JSK floors, Cameron got to grips with the technicalities of the flooring trade. Meanwhile Amanda and Michelle helped equip Cameron with the necessary tools and specialist clothing.

James was impressed by Cameron’s attitude from the off.

“Cameron was a bit of a blank canvass in terms of experience but he put his head down from day one. Self-management has been an issue with some young people I’ve worked with in the past but Cameron is always punctual, polite and focused.

“He picked up how to use all of the tools within three weeks and he’s simply grown from there. There’s a determination in him – he will do something until he gets it right.”

Such has been Cameron’s dedication to his new-found skill set he has recently fitted his own flooring throughout his home.

The immediate future looks very positive for Cameron. He will continue to work under James for another 18 months as he progresses towards becoming a fully qualified floor fitter.

“I was so nervous when I started. I had never used my hands in a work capacity, only boxing which I competed in," said Cameron.

“It has been fantastic though, and I cannot thank James and Michelle enough. I now wake up in the morning knowing I’m going out to work and providing for my family. What is more exciting is that I have learnt so much. I can fit carpet, laminate and wood and I am confident that I will have my own business in the future all thanks to this scheme.

“Amanda has been a great support, she provided work clothes and found the vacancy for me. Thanks to everyone at Careers Connect and Talent Match - I hope it has helped other people as much as it’s helped me. Words cannot express how much my life has changed for the better.”

Amanda, who will continue to support Cameron in his employment journey, could not be more proud of Cameron: “His dedication to his work and his employer have been excellent and I believe Cameron will have a bright future with JSK Flooring.”

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