Ashleigh didn’t have the best start in life. He fell into the wrong crowd, suffered a series of family tragedies and was stuck in a cycle of drug misuse and offending. A destructive pattern that led to him almost losing his life in a knife attack. Before Acorn got him a job as a General Operative on Willmott Dixon’s Taff Vale site, he’d been out of work for seven months.

"I stopped bothering with my old mates, got a flat and a job sorted, I’m out of the gutter and ready to climb the ladder. I’m learning new skills all the time, thanks to Willmott I finished a Cherry Picker course and training to use mobile access equipment. My goal is to get on a slingers course and see my wages go up. I never thought I’d have a goal like that, at one point managing to get by and stay out of trouble was the best I thought life could get."

When you’ve got no structure, no routine, your life can get out of hand. Joining The School of Hard Knocks and having Acorn’s support gave me stability and a something to strive for, without that guidance, I’m not sure how I’d have managed.

Ashleigh, Merthyr. General Operative at Willmott Dixon


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