Community Payback inspires Tyler into work

Tyler secured full-time work within two months of being given 150 hours Community Payback (CP). Tyler was managed by the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Rehabilitation Company (HIOW CRC) after being convicted for common assault, a first-time offence.

Tyler, aged 22 and from Cowes on the Isle of Wight, had been unemployed and drifting prior to the offence. He was sentenced in June 2017 and will have his order terminated due to satisfactory completion of his hours at the end of August.

Service users are required to attend either CP group work or individual CP placements. Tyler was placed with Storeroom 2010, a Cowes based furniture recycling charity. He became a driver’s mate, helping to pick up and deliver furniture around the Island.

Tyler explained: “I enjoyed the work at Storeroom 2010, it was a sociable job and I was pleased to be doing something with my days. I was required to be there four days a week, which meant that I could get through my hours quickly.

“Storeroom 2010 has an education centre and they were running construction safety training which leads to a CSCS card. Probation arranged for me to do the training and take the test to get the card. Then within a couple of days I got talking to someone who recommended me to Aeroparks, a building company with lots of work.

“I’ve been taken on with a permanent contract to do groundwork. I’m enjoying the physical work and it feels great to be earning money.”

Up to 20% of CP hours can be used for training purposes and the CRC supported Tyler in getting a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card which is a prerequisite for anyone wanting to work on building sites.

HIOW CRC CP case manager, Jane Swan, said: “I’m very proud of Tyler for achieving this step into employment. He took his Community Payback placement seriously, worked hard and proved to be reliable. He was enthusiastic about taking on the training and is clearly motivated.

“Talking to him now, compared to the man I met at the start of his placement, is like talking to a completely different person as he has gained so much more confidence.  He is so pleased to be in full time employment.”

Tyler said: “I was at a loose end before this happened, having to come in and do the hours got me into a routine and gave me the motivation to get a full-time job. I feel that I need to work, it does me good. Being on probation for this short period has sorted me out.”