Markin Kingthong, 17, has been living at Elizabeth Street Project since March 2012, after being made homeless following problems at home. Markin was part way through his first year at college studying Carpentry and Joinery. He had been classroom based during this year and was desperate to secure an apprenticeship.

He had applied to every construction company in Burnley but, with very few vacancies in the sector, he had little success. Following his arrival at Elizabeth Street, Project Worker Katie Senior supported Markin in applying for an apprenticeship with Constructing the Future Lancashire. He went through the interviewing process and everyone was overjoyed when he was offered a position!

Markin is now three months into the role and has gone from strength to strength. His confidence has improved, his joinery skills have come on in leaps and bounds, and he has shown incredible dedication and commitment during this time. He has maintained his attendance and delivered quality workmanship despite all the barriers he had to face.

Markin says:

“Securing this apprenticeship has been such a good opportunity. I am excited about the possibilities it will open up to me in the future. Elizabeth Street Project have guided and helped me along the way – I couldn’t have done it without them!”

Markin has continued to engage with the Elizabeth Street Project support service,

improving his independent living skills and preparing him for his own tenancy. He is now looking to move on from the Project through the B-with-Us choice based lettings scheme. He will continue to receive support through our Floating Support service, and is hoping to secure a property with us in Burnley.