Jay is a good dude; that is all I have to say on the matter. He is a charismatic guy who is easy to talk to and is very aware of how far he has come, emotionally and socially. Jay wasn’t always a good dude, brimming with confidence and potential.
During his younger years, Jay was lazy and unmotivated. He was disengaged with his studies, preferred to hang out with his mates and go out stealing and smoking drugs. If I hadn’t have met Jay when he first started at Capital Training in 2017, I wouldn’t have believed him as now, he seems so different. Jay was a little rough when he started at Capital Training, and I wanted to know why. What drives an intelligent young man to go out and steal other people’s property and smoke drugs?
When I asked why he was in to that sort of stuff as a younger man; Jay reckoned it was his feelings of insecurity. Jay described how he used to have very low confidence and poor communication skills, which led him to fall behind in school and develop high levels of stress. Feeling stressed and left behind at school, led to Jay and his mates getting into mischief and dropping out of school.
It would have been easy for Jay to stay in that rut, to keep going with the drugs and crime and end up in a bad situation later in life. However, Jay decided that he needed a change in his life and needed to develop the confidence to get back in to education and get his life in order. A few of Jay’s friends were enrolled with Capital Training, so Jay said “meh, why not?” and signed up as well.
Jay pointed to his time at Capital Training, where he completed Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications as a big factor in the growth of his people and communication skills. Jay particularly pointed to the work experience component, of his time at Capital Training, as a highlight in his journey. Getting to know people in his class who were in a similar situation and who were going through the same struggles as him, was a real eye opener as that had never happened at school. He had peers that he could relate to, so he opened up and eventually became a leader in the class.
Jay says that his confidence was boosted academically by the fact that he could see progress in his education. He could see the progress that he was making and could see the light at the end of the tunnel. Jay pointed to his tutors; Katie and Michael as being major factors in his present success. The two of them brought out the best in Jay and understood him in a way that he felt no other educators had. They expected good things from Jay, without forcing him to be perfect or grilling him for his mistakes. This led Jay to trust them and begin to excel in the classroom.
I personally remember when Jay first started at Capital Training. He was a disengaged young dude who was a little cheeky. That cheekiness hasn’t changed (which is good) but he seems to be a totally different guy otherwise. He has a sense of purpose and a sense of pride. He holds himself differently and seems to be taller because of it. He doesn’t slouch anymore, he stands tall and proud. I knew that Katie and Michael; along with Youth Services (who are amazing and have my utmost respect), had done good by this kid, but I don’t think that it was just them that elicited this change. I believe that Jay decided that he wanted to be different and have a different future to the one that he initially saw for himself. Jay used the tools and support that he was given to go and make the most of his intelligence and charisma.
Upon leaving Capital Training, Jay used the interview skills that he picked up during his studies to get a job at his local Burger King. This gave Jay a sense of pride and new lease on life. He was earning money and doing right by himself. This changed Jay, he got in to his sports and hobbies and really began to focus on his personal growth. He got in to football, gymnastics and even started smashing out some riffs on the guitar.
Jay continued his personal growth by leaving Burger King and enrolling at Weltec, studying plumbing. Jay is loving it and by all reports is doing very well in higher education. As we were gossiping in my office on a Monday afternoon, both Jay and I agreed that plumbing was a good idea as there is always work and good money for a good plumber.
Moving forward; Jay would like to work his way up and develop his skills to the point where he can start and own his own plumbing business. If you had asked me when I first met Jay if he would have the skills to attain the future that he wanted, I would have been unsure. After chatting with him and seeing the immense amount of growth and change in this young man; I have absolutely no doubt that Jay can do what ever he wants to in the future.
Good luck Jay, you are awesome!