Gurdip’s Story

Gurdip felt he needed support to get back on the job ladder and was facing multiple barriers including lack of skills, confidence and opportunities.

He saw the GREAT Project poster at his children’s school and attended the ‘Welcome to GREAT’ introductory session at the school. After finding out more about the benefits and opportunities the project could offer, Gurdip knew the GREAT Project was the right path to achieve his goal of getting back into work.

Gurdip wanted support with getting work ready, and had a one-to-one session with his Employment Support Officer (ESO) covering CV writing, interview skills and how to effectively look for a job. He found this informative which helped Gurdip feel more confident.

Alongside this, Gurdip attended a confidence building course which gave him insight into what opportunities were available and how best to use them to reach his career ambitions. This course is aimed at participants struggling with confidence as it encourages them to talk and engage with one another, bringing them out of their comfort zone.

Following a discussion with his ESO, Gurdip also attended a 10 week construction course with Enstruct, where participants can learn practical skills including brick laying, carpentry and plumbing.

Gurdip also worked with delivery partner, Business in the Community, and attended a behind the scenes tour at a property solutions company. Behind the scenes tours provide a look into the workings of an industry and the job opportunities available, which is can greatly beneficial for participants development.

Accompanied by an Employment Coordinator, Gurdip went on BBC Radio Leicester to discuss his experiences and the support he accessed to encourage other men on to the GREAT Project.

For anyone considering referring themselves to the GREAT Project, Gurdip said:

“I think it’s great to find out what’s out there. Sometimes you need a push in the right direction and the GREAT Project offers that. It’s given me more confidence to believe in what I need to do. My children also think I’m more confident, my oldest daughter has picked up on it.”

Gurdip’s ESO said:

“Gurdip has been really motivated from the start of his journey on the project, attending all activities that we suggested to him. It’s great to see how his confidence regarding his job search has increased. Gurdip has now left the project having completed his CV, being able to apply for jobs and has even been for some interviews. Gurdip is ready and more determined than ever to get back into work.”


Since leaving the GREAT project, Gurdip has put into practice the new skills he’s learnt by securing a job as a Warehouse and Production Operative.