I am writing this short e-mail on behalf of both Fallside School and David MacKenzie, who is an ex-pupil of the school.
David started with you in April of last year on a new venture for both the school and himself. We were both unaware of how much of an impact that this would make on changing his life around. We are an SEBN school who caters for pupils who have needs beyond the mainstream educational system. Through the help and guidance that you have given David he has achieved the desired goal that you set for him all those months ago. David contacted me last week to thank us for giving him the opportunity to go to First Steps Future Training and because of this he has a desired pathway and a positive goal of his own for his own future.
We cannot thank you enough as a school for the work and training that you have given David and we would be delighted to work with you in any capacity in the very near future. Thank you
David Thomson (DHT - Fallside School)
First Steps have proved to be an invaluable partner in sourcing and developing our workforce over the last few years. They have worked closely with us to select excellent candidates for work experience periods which has allowed us to confidently employ a number of apprentices with the knowledge that they are not only well trained and ready for full time work and college, but are also a great fit for our company.
Eleanor Collier - General Manager, Kiloh Konstructions Limited
In my roles as Senior Depute Head teacher in St Mungo’s Academy and Head Teacher of All Saints Secondary I have worked for many years in partnership with First Steps Future Training.
Staff at First Steps Future Training are young people focused. The establishment ethos is nurturing and restorative in nature. The staff and programmes not only prepare young people for the world of work but allow trainees to develop their social and life skills. Partnership working with Parent/Carers is a priority and supports young people to achieve their potential.
The learning experiences that First Steps Future Training provides are excellent. The courses offered are based on an excellent knowledge of industry requirements and are undertaken in facilities which are of the highest standard. The establishment forms productive links with schools and work in partnership at every stage in the placements to ensure the best outcomes for the young people.
The expertise of the management and staff at First Steps Future Training is exceptional. They have an advanced knowledge and understanding of what is required to ensure trainees are successful. The links the centre has with Industry provide young people with valid work experience and ultimately lead to trainees moving into the world of work.
I would recommend First Steps Future Training to you most highly, safe in the knowledge that your young people will have the best possible experience in a supportive environment.
Brian Feeney - Head Teacher, All Saints Secondary
Taylor Wimpey West Scotland were very impressed with the programmes ran by First Steps Future Training and the way in which they prepared people from all walks of life for the realities of working on site. We were able to offer 4 young men work placements where they demonstrated commitment and an eagerness to learn. First Steps Future training supported our production team with every aspect of having their candidates on site, and were on hand to monitor their progress.
Following successful placements Taylor Wimpey West Scotland were delighted to offer all four candidates full time positions, we very much hope this will lead to successful trade careers for all of them.
The feedback from our site teams shows that these young men were well prepared for coming to work for the first time on a live site. They demonstrated a professional approach which we believe came from their initial training with First Steps Future Training.
First Steps Future Training’s ethos fits in with the McTaggart values.
When McTaggart take on candidates that have been on a programme of learning with FSFT they come with the skills and knowledge to make them an asset to the business from day one. Candidates come, not only with certification, but the right work ethic and experience of working in a construction environment. Continual support throughout placement and into sustainable employment completes a smooth transition for new entrants to McTaggart Construction and our Sub-contractors.
We are happy to continue to build this relationship.
I would also like to thank everyone at First Steps again for giving Thomas a chance despite his disability. He thoroughly enjoyed his time at the training centre and it has been great to see how quick it helped him turn his life around, he really is a different boy from what he was 6 months ago. He comes home and shares his day with me telling me what he has learned etc rather than isolating himself in his bedroom. He is more confident and happy now and I put that down to the amazing work you guys do within the centre. I honestly can’t believe that in such a short space of time First Steps helped Thomas value himself more and gave him a vision of his future which he is working hard towards again. Thanks to you guys. Thomas is now in full time employment and loving it.
Sarah Jane - Parent of trainee
Mulholland Contracts undertake Groundworks , Surfacing and Utilities contracts throughout Central Scotland. We recognise that bringing the next generation of employees into the company is a priority to continue its growth.
We have been in partnership with First Steps Training for a number of years. They have provided trainees who have had training and gained their CSCS Card prior to starting with ourselves.
We believe that this partnership between First Steps Training and ourselves will continue to give young people the chance to fulfil their potential and make the most of their lives in the communities where they live and work.
Mulholland Contracts Ltd
CCL have been recruiting apprentices from First Step Future Training for a number of years and we have found the apprentices to be of a good standard. We have one employee who came to us through Henry Boot approximately 9yrs ago and has risen through the ranks, to become a supervisor/plant operator due to his hard work and willingness to learn. We will continue to recruit through First Steps due to the level of support and quality of candidates supplied.
Cuchulain Construction Ltd
I can’t thank FSFT enough for what they done for my boy Conor Hogg. I was worried sick as he got to leaving school age and wanted out those school gates ASAP, FSFT took him on for 4 weeks training then sent him out on 12 week placement in which he was offered an apprenticeship. He always says school wasn’t for him and me being his mum was thinking he wanted to be a layabout but Conor has shocked me and I am ever so proud of him. To everyone at FSFT thank you!
Michelle Hogg – Parent of trainee
Robert Wilson and Son were happy with the service provided by First Steps Future Training during the recruitment of our most recent apprentice Omran Isbaa. First Steps were very helpful throughout the process with advice regarding funding, Omran's VISA situation and oragnising a work placement for a couple of weeks. First Steps also ensured that Omran had a valid CSCS card before he started with us.
Robert Wilson and Son Ltd
Just wanted to let you know that I have spoken to a young person on your programme’s mother and she had very strong opinions on the way her son has been supported at FSFT.
She said for the first time, in a very long time, she feels immense pride in her son. She can see how confident he has become and how much passion and enthusiasm he has for the training programme you are delivering to him. She cannot believe the change in him since beginning with you. He has even given up the chance of a MA with a company to remain at your facility because he thinks it gives him so much more than just training.
I just wanted to thank you and your staff for doing a great job and to extend his mum’s thanks to you also. She is one happy lady!!
I can confirm I have dealt with Future Steps Future Training since 2008, during this time they have provided my young people with an excellent training service. I have observed the training they provide on many occasions and have been very impressed by their dedication and commitment. Many of our young people come from drug or alcohol fuelled homes, the staff in Future Steps Future Training provide them with a stable environment where they can feel safe and have some continuity in their life.
As a collective group of trainers they have the ability to show empathy and understanding towards any of our young people’s situations. Their expertise in gauging young people’s individual needs is a rare quality seldom found in training centres. They have an immense amount of patience with the young people and can work with them individually if they require extra help. It is apparent there is an obvious mutual respect between the trainers and pupils as the groups listen and respond well to what is required of them. The trainers excel themselves in teaching young people about social norms and what is expected of them in the wider community.
The excellent facilities provided in the centre allow the young people to learn to work together as a part of a team which breaks down territorial barriers. The variety of work they become involved in within and out with the centre enables them to feel a sense of achievement when they have completed a piece of work. The trainer’s continual praise helps the young people feel a sense of worth. They trainer’s work relentlessly on ensuring all young people maintain a sense of belonging. They also have the ability to teach them about boundaries in the work place and in their external social surroundings. The training they provide has a major impact on our young people especially on them moving into a positive destination when leaving school.
I would whole hearted recommend First Step Future Training as an excellent service provider for any young person or adult. The feedback provided by our young people clarify that First Steps Future Training have a unique training facility which provides a safe secure environment in which they can enjoy learning new skills.
Joan Hill - John Ogilvie High School / Calderside Academy