RFF Young Ambassador secures employment!
RFF Young Ambassador John Hoey was referred to the Foundation via the YMCA 2 years ago, his journey from participant to Youth Leader to employment constitutes everything that RFF represents. As a young career John has worked hard alongside RFF to build his confidence, develop new skills and gain employment within his chosen career of dance!
“When I met John in November 2015 I was made aware that he had already developed a great deal since first engaging with the Foundation. It was very clear that John had a genuine passion for becoming a street dance tutor however found securing opportunities within employment very difficult. I reviewed John’s CV and coached him on how to improve key elements. We also discussed what he felt were his main barriers and difficulties in finding employment. Establishing a new link between RFF and Salford Community Leisure’s Dance Development team, I arranged for John to begin a shadowing role, with a view to him gaining valuable guidance and mentoring within the job he wanted. This filled John with confidence and optimism. Aside from this I began coaching John on his employment status, suggesting he look at the path with Salford Community Leisure as a long-term plan and to find employment in the meantime. He agreed that this a route he was motivated for and we discussed job options. Based on John’s positive attitude and people-skills I arranged a customer service interview for him at a local hotel and coached him on the interview. Following this we ran an employability workshop in conjunction with Contact, an arts and theatre venue in central Manchester which covered confidence building and interview skills. John attended this enthusiastically and was keen to improve and learn from Contact’s Creative Experts. I assisted John with an application to the BBC for the role of a Young Ambassador and also to Contact, to work as a freelance Creative Expert, delivering workshops alongside other professional practitioners! John secured interviews for both roles. He received fantastic feedback from Contact and his application is now processing. Prior to these interviews I asked John to meet me for preparation sessions. This included covering his personal presentation and reviewing the person specification in detail. John was offered the job at the BBC and is now in his second week of employment there. He is extremely happy in the role and has visited RFF twice on his lunch-break to tell us how great it’s going and how proud he is to be working there. He is travelling independently to work and he is also now helping some of his friends to volunteer and look for work! In the last few days he has received an invitation to a practitioner development workshop at Contact and also as a panel member at The Lowry’s 100% Salford Showcase Event speaking in front of 300+ guests. John is also being paid as an assistant dance choreographer by Oasis Academy who deliver a youth club every Friday evening. Demonstrating his new independence, John has professionally negotiated his holidays with the BBC to accommodate this and is looking forward to continuing to follow his dreams outside of work! Well done John!
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