This is a very exciting opportunity for me! Now I am over 50, I didn't think I would be able to start a new career. Before I met Beam, I had been doing a lot of job searching. My son (he's my best friend and training to be a doctor) was helping me look for work and we saw there was a huge demand for electricians. But you need qualifications - you can't just say "I know how to connect cables!"
I came from a poor family so work was a part of my DNA. I helped my father sell fruit since I was 8 years old. I love to go out to work, interacting and meeting new people. I do not like remaining at home. Definitely, one of the biggest benefits of being an electrician will mean good pay and a stable source of income.
Thankfully, I have never become homeless. But I have been close a few times and it's still something that could easily happen. This year I was working in hospitality. I liked it but it's a lot of temporary contracts. When I lost my recent job, I had to go back on benefits. Living in London is very expensive and currently, I cannot even afford all of my rent each month. My family are helping, but I need to start working again so my circumstances improve. This will ensure I do not fall behind on payments and or am at risk of eviction.
This support from yourself and Beam really means a lot. When I was working I gave to charities. I am looking forward to being able to do that again and also donating back to Beam too!
Hussein is working with Beam as he is at risk of homelessness.