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Ilya’s Story

Ilya from North London met with our employment advisor following another unsuccessful attempt to gain his Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card.

Ilya had successfully passed his Level 2 Carpentry course, but was unable to gain employment without a CSCS card.

Our employment advisor identified that in addition to the need for support to prepare for his CSCS card exam, Ilya required a British Sign Language (BSL) Interpreter on the day of the exam.

Ilya and our employment advisor began by working with Kings Cross Construction Skills Centre who allowed Ilya to visit them twice a week to undertake mock tests. They then contacted the CSCS centre to ensure that Ilya had a BSL Interpreter for his exam.

After a year of revision and planning, Ilya successfully passed the CSCS exam and was able to apply for his CSCS card. He immediately began looking for work as carpenter and identified a role that he wanted to apply for.

Two weeks after applying, Ilya was invited for a job interview and was offered the role of General Site Operative.

Ilya has settled into his role well and passed his probation with flying colours.

Ilya said ‘I was heartbroken when I failed my CSCS exam again as I had worked really hard to revise for it. Then, I met the RAD employment advisor, got the support I needed and passed.’

Our employment advisor has also supported Ilya’s employer. They have discussed how Access to Work funding can provide Ilya with access to communication support for his professional development and training, as well as Deaf awareness and how to communicate successfully.

We wish Ilya all the best in his career and the future.

Wherever you are on your employment journey, our employment advisors can help you secure the training or job that is right for you and provide on-going support.

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