Carl is a very real success. He entered NYSA’s BladeRunners program from October 26, 2009 to March 19, 2010. He is 23 years old and describes himself as someone who did not complete high school, has had drug issues and has been clean for four months. Carl has low levels of literacy and numeracy, had past contact with the justice system, was street involved and at risk of becoming homeless. He identified himself as having a lack of social and family supports as he is new resident to Nanaimo. He also felt that he lacked self-management and behaviour management skills.
Carl attended all training components and he received all the health and safety training certificates offered during the program. He completed his work experience at Island Pallet Solutions and was hired on with a wage subsidy component. He worked there continuously until March 5 when he decided to change employment for higher wages. He obtained employment with Emterra Environmental where he stayed until the program ended. Both employers were very happy with his work and NYSA feels that he has been successful in his transition to work.
“BladeRunners was and is a great experience to have been through. Thanks again and very much appreciated.”