INITIALLY coming through CatZero’s Full Families programme in Hull, 16-year-old Liam Greenham is grabbing every opportunity available to him, having left school following his GCSE’s in the summer.
Liam was one of the CatZero participants chosen through interview to receive a 4-week work placement with the Sewell Group, a multi-disciplined organisation with a number of companies operating across the region. The diverse nature of Sewell Group meant that CatZero participants had a whole range of opportunities available to them, from building to facilities management and professional services.
Liam succeeded in acquiring a placement with facilities management, which meant he was working within a team responsible for ensuring health centres are maintained correctly. This included some site visits, in addition to having to be very organised!
He said: “I have been with CatZero for about two years and they have really helped me.
“I had earlier applied to go into the army but I was unfortunately unable to join on medical grounds, but I will be able to apply again in the future, if I want to. Supported by CatZero delivery officer David, I decided to apply to Sewells for the month of paid experience. He helped me with my CV and supported me with my application.
“I have really enjoyed being with Sewells and it has given me a good idea of work life. Since then, I applied to work with Integra, in Hull, and I have been successful in getting a full-time, 2-year apprenticeship where I will be trained as a joiner making modular buildings and portacabins.
“The whole experience with CatZero and Sewells has given me confidence and pushed me onto the right path.”
CatZero Delivery Officer David finished: “We are really proud of Liam and have been impressed by his hard work and perseverance. He deserves every success in his career.”
*Sewell Group group has been in partnership with CatZero for more than a decade, during which time a strong relationship has formed. A total of 11 participants were able to join the ‘Class of 2021’ during the recent ‘Casting Off’ ceremony at the Sewell Studio, in Hull, which was a wonderful end to a lasting experience for the CatZero participants.
Sewell Group was recently recognised by the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise for Promoting Opportunity, only one of 18 businesses across the country.