Although Dwayne was doing well in school, he found himself being sucked into the bad influences that were surrounding him. As a result, Dwayne was kicked out of school and his main ambition was to get a job just to survive and get by. He found unemployment stressful and boring because he was not earning money. Dwayne then moved away from Croydon to live with his sister and nephew but he wanted to be independent. These factors led him to start supplying Class A drugs.
Dwayne decided that he needed to achieve his Level 1 in Maths and English in order to get into sustainable employment. He applied to Lambeth College where he met Team Leader Sheromie Brewster who encouraged Dwayne to take part in the Prince’s Trust Team program. At first, he felt like it was just another day at college but increasingly realized what he was set to achieve.
He made a few friends from the program and his personal highlight was when he helped to raise money for a gardening project at an elderly care home which was much appreciated by the staff and elderly people. The Team program helped Dwayne to strengthen his employability skills – including the ability to adapt to new situations, a great can-do attitude and communicating well at all levels.
After finishing the Team program, Dwayne was invited to attend the Get Hired event but he was concerned because his criminal record had become a huge barrier in securing work. He was in touch with Bob Clewley, a South Outcomes Executive, who encouraged him to interview with London Energy Ltd. for a Site Operative vacancy. Dwayne was happy to come along and he did exceptionally well in the interviews he completed on the day.
‘Bob’s support was lovely. He told me to make sure I do my research and to come prepared for the day. I smashed both my interviews and accepted the job with London Energy Ltd. before Christmas!’
Dwayne has left his bad experiences in the past and is now happy that he is in full time, paid work. He is working on further progressing in his career. London Energy Ltd. is currently supporting him in getting his lorry license and is training on JCB construction vehicles.
In the future, he hopes to become financially stable so that he can develop his business idea to start up a unique brand of tracksuits he calls ‘Heart 100’.
‘The Prince’s Trust is fantastic. They have helped me 100%. I have come from nothing to now working a full-time job with a great career ahead.’