Connor’s Story

Connor referred onto Launch Pad via his JCP Adviser at Chatham Jobcentre and was matched with a Princes Trust mentor, David Senga Lubendo.

During one of his first sessions Connor mentioned that he wanted SIA training.  Claire Marshall of Employer & Skills Network met with Connor and David and they looked at SIA training refreshers.  Connor had previously completed this training prior to starting on Launch Pad,  however he had not been able to get the actual licence.

Claire supported and investigated this, contacting his JCP adviser and looking on the SIA website etc.  It quickly became apparent that Connor had been unable to obtain funding for the actual SIA licence, which is where Launch Pad was able to offer assistance.  Connor’s mentor, David, arranged through Connor’s bursary the funding for additional training and the licence.

Meanwhile, Amy Dennison from Employer & Skills Network/KATO had developed a new employer relationship with WARD Security Training in Medway.

In summer 2019 Connor was referred to WARD Security to complete the SIA refresher training.  The application for the actual license is now going ahead with David’s support.

It was good, it was a refresher of SIA training.   I did learn different and additional physical techniques to use – this training was really good I enjoyed it.


Connor also attended various Employer & Skills Network sessions including Apprenticeship Conversation Session held at WREC room in Chatham and was supported with several one-to- one sessions looking at employment and training needs.

Fast forward to

October 2019 …

Connor was approached by Claire to see if he would like to participate in a work taster in security/stewarding at a very important event.

The event was the first ever Kent & Medway Apprentice Graduation Ceremony which took place at Rochester Cathedral on 4th October 2019, arranged by a dedicated working group including KATO.  Over 100 graduates, their families, training providers and invited guests including Kelly Tolhurst MP were invited.

Connor jumped at the chance to showcase his knowledge from his SIA training at WARD Security.

Connor’s role was to work alongside other security personnel and stewards to guide attendees and visitors to their specific areas and ensure the event ran safely and securely.

It was great, I have more confidence in myself.  At the event I was stewarding/directing people to correct areas, helped other workers and supported and helped others by giving directions.  It was a good taster into the sector as you had to control a large number in a group.

David my mentor is good, he understands, and has helped me in various options.

Overall Launch Pad has helped me, the staff are a happy and great group of people and with their support have helped me into employment.


Connor made a great impression and has done himself and Launch Pad proud at the event. Well done and thank you.

Claire Marshall

Employer & Skills Network

Connor informed us he has been offered a job with a security company – WELL DONE.

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