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Kris approached Yorkshire Housing’s community investment team, having seen an advert promoting the services they provide on social media. At the time, Kris worked at Asda and earned £7.50 an hour, but he had dreams of becoming a bus driver. His willingness to learn and a desire to succeed shone through quickly and his preferred job role meant the community investment team could get to work quickly.

Kris’ main barrier was that he didn’t have the financial means to obtain the specialist licence needed to apply for bus driver trainee programs. Supported by employment coach Jennie Ironmonger, Kris applied for a learning grant which contributed to his course fees and covered his lost time at Asda.

Kris was also enrolled on a Security Industry Authority accredited course and also became a first aider, strengthening his CV and showing potential employers his commitment to develop. His first aid certificate also means he is entitled to an increased salary as a bus driver.

Kris said: “The community investment team has been fantastic. I was given the opportunity to enrol in two fantastic courses and I could have only dreamed of training to be a bus driver without the grant for my licence. I received three conditional offers of employment from bus companies before I had even completed my training.”

Kris qualified in November 2017 and was given a job as a trainee bus driver with a local bus company, he has already increased his income by £5,000 per year and will see a further increase of £2,000 per year when he completes his trainee period.

Kris added: “I’m now earning a salary which means I can plan for the future. I can’t thank the team enough for all the help and support.”

Find out more or make a referral contact the community investment team by emailing dl-dept-community@yorkshirehousing.co.uk.