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By 12th November 2013 No Comments
sean quelch

Sean carves out a career in furniture making

sean quelch


Newquay, Cornwall


Throughout 2013


ESF Convergence, Skills Funding Agency, Freestyle

The challenge:

How can RIO help an out of work young man, struggling with dyslexia to find his way in the world?

The RIO solution: Sean was referred to RIO by Careers South West and joined Talent Match – our Big Lottery funded initiative supporting young, out of work people.

With a lifelong interest in woodwork, Sean was keen to know more about RIO’s wider offer, including the Xtravert programme based out of Newquay.

Xtravert teaches young people carpentry skills and provides a chance to gain qualifications. It includes hands-on experience building anything from skate ramps and lockers to chairs and jigsaw puzzles.

Sean enrolled on Xtravert and having gained basic skills and experience there, is carving a future for himself in furniture making with further training at Cornwall College.

Sean Quelch:

“I have enjoyed working with wood since I was six years old – apparently I take after my Dad who was always making things. I used to make my own wooden models when I was growing up for my brothers or myself.”

“I liked the Xtravert course so much that I searched around for carpentry courses and am now at Cornwall College. The furniture making course finishes next June when I aim to have either saved enough to do a level three – the highest I can get in furniture making – or I will hopefully get myself a job in furniture making.”

Mark Yeoman, Head of ESF Convergence Communication:

“ESF Convergence, has been used as part of a raft of support in helping Sean to develop his career as a carpenter and furniture maker. One of the added values of ESF is its flexibility in working alongside and extending the reach of mainstream programmes such as those provided by the Big Lottery and the Skills Funding Agency at Cornwall College.”

Kate Reed, RIO:

“This is an example of someone who couldn’t connect with traditional support systems so ESF Convergence was able to pick him up. Sean has also taken the lead in talking to Truro MP Sarah Newton about young people’s issues – including access to benefits.”

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