RM was a client with Bridges when he was an asylum seeker, completing two work placements. Restricted from working or studying at the level he wished to, he returned in 2013 having been granted Leave to Remain but he was doubtful about his chances of finding work due to his age.
RM is a toolmaker by trade but has been unable to work in the field for over 8 years, even though unable to work, he had been keeping up, where he could, with developments in his industry. He joined the Equipped for the Future course because we recognised his motivation and that the breadth of his previous experience (though from some time ago) was a positive advantage.
He was determined to return to toolkmaking, a challenge in a city where heavy industry has declined. However, his enthusiasm and drive coupled with the support from the course and the caseworkers, recognising and articulating his relevant competencies and experience, meant that a speculative letter to a company in East Kilbride resulted in an interview and subsequent job offer as a full-time toolmaker.