Here we present some real life examples of what RUTS actually has meant for some of the young people who have recently taken part in our programmes and used our services.
Our work is not just about mechanics or simply gaining ‘employability’ qualifications. Our young people become more self-confident, learn to work positively in group situations and engage in practical activities such as producing their own CVs.
Scott started with RUTS as a disinterested 16 year old who had not enjoyed the structure of school and had dropped out of college. Yet, when he joined the employability course he thrived in this learning environment gaining a variety of qualifications at SCQF Level 4 and 5 including a Personal Development Award, Use and Care of Handtools and Vehicle Servicing. He also gained the City & Guilds Level 2 Cycle Mechanics a reflection of his passion for cycling.
He had noticed how few people cycled in Midlothain and he wanted to change this. RUTS identified an opportunity for him to apply to the Junior Climate Challenge Fund with his idea to get Midlothian cycling. He successfully secured the grant, the largest ever awarded which is no mean feat. He is now employed as a Cycle Assistant with RUTS working on the UPower project.
Scott is grateful to everyone at RUTS and particularly, “Chris, Jason and Iain who saw potential in me that made me believe in myself. They helped me see that I had ability and with their guidance I’ve transformed my life. Plus, I now work here which is decent.”
Harry was a disheartened young person with a clear vision of becoming a mechanic but didn’t know how to break into the motor industry. Having preciously attended a RUTS course in the workshop he joined the employability programme. Admittedly he was a little unsure how he would benefit.
However, he got dug in and completed his Personal Development Award and undertook his work placement in the RUTS workshop. This gave his CV the edge and along with his new found confidence he secure a Modern Apprenticeship in Mechanics. He has now been working with this local Edinburgh garage for over six months.
Harry said, "If it wasn’t for the employability course I wouldn’t have been anywhere near ready for work. The placement was the best part and made it a lot easier for me to secure the apprenticeship.”