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Stephen’s Story

It’s not often that a St Loye’s trainee involved in a breakdown can be called a success story – but it’s true of Stephen because after his time with the charity he has found full time work as a driver with CMG Breakdown Rescue Services in Milton Keynes!

A neck injury ensured that 45 year-old Stephen had been long-term unemployed and he was happy to be offered the chance of coming to St Loye’s through the Government’s Pathways A4E scheme.

Under the guidance of case manager Nigel Edwards, Stephen undertook a range of driving related courses including HGV Class2 with HIAB (lorry mounted crane/lorry loader training), PCV (Passenger Carrying Vehicle) and Counterbalance Forklift Training.

He said: “Training was made easy with the help of the staff at St Loye’s.  After my training had finished I was offered help to find work and help towards tools, clothing and anything else that would get me back into full time work.

“In terms of post training support, I couldn’t have asked for anything else.  I found     St Loye’s so helpful.  The staff can’t do enough for you.  They were always polite and treated me as a person not just a number.

“I have been in work ever since I left St Loye’s.  This is because they helped to reach my goal and any obstacles were quickly brushed aside with the professionalism that everyone I met at St Loye’s consistently showed.

“I am convinced that if St Loye’s where given more funding its work would go from strength to strength and they would not stop at nothing to get the people they are helping to reach their ambition.

“I have to say that I am really glad that i got a chance with St. Loye’s.  It is the best thing that has happened to me.”

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