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Project Talent Match
Funding Big Lottery Fund
Duration April 2014-2019
Organisation SESKU Academy
Address of Project Burntwood Community Centre, Church Mount, South Kirkby, Pontefract, WF9 3QS
Participant Name Ashley Johnson
Contact Telephone Number 01977 640239
Contact Email
Age 19 years
Background –   Reason for participating, Learning 
Ashley has lived in South Kirkby all his life; he was diagnosed with dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADHD in 2005 at the age of 11 years. Ashley has found education difficult due to his complex learning difficulties throughout his childhood education. He has been unemployed since leaving college in June 2013, he was low on confidence and aspirations mainly down to his negative experience with mainstream education.Ashley joined Young Peoples Future in December 2011 at the age of 17, which is run from Burntwood Community Centre. In the first instance Lewis regularly attended the youth and sports sessions delivered from the Burntwood Community Centre. Ashley started to help support younger children and helped deliver different sports. He progressed well and in September 2013 started to volunteer with a local football team, South Kirkby Knights as assistant manager.
Project  Description –   Aims and objectives 
  • To be supported into employment through Key work and supportive interventions
  • To improve work ethics and work experience skills
  • To attend accredited courses level 2 and above that are recognised by employers and contribute towards young people’s employability.


Barriers to learning – what were they and how were they overcome? 
Ashley has difficulties with reading and spelling, he has a U in GCSE English. His confidence was low in meeting new people and answering the telephone. We have identified that Ashley is a visual learner and a hands on person that learns more through kinaesthetic learning. We demonstrated and mentored Ashley during his engagement with SESKU Academy which enabled him to learn new skills and pass qualifications.
Progression – Further learning opportunities, employment skills etc 
During the time Ashley has attended the project he has grown more in confidence and has improved his employability skills through gaining a level 1 in employability skills, Emergency First Aid at work. SESKU has also tutored Ashley through a CSCS course. Ashley has recently started to volunteer with SESKU Academy’s Talent Match scheme . He has now been trained on the security department by another young person who understands his learning difficulties. He has improved his confidence around customer services such as meeting and greeting customers and answering the telephone. He has applied for funding through Princes Trust to gain an SIA door supervisor qualification. Ashley has now gained employment with C and I Smith Contruction.
Beneficiary Feedback – Please use direct quotes where possible. 
“I only started at SESKU through my little brother telling me about it. Since I came I met new friends, helped me with some courses, such as CSCS, SIA and others and built my working skills by volunteering. Thanks to Adam and the team for their support”.