'YOUNG & JOBLESS': MEET RICHIE

I'm 19 years old and grew up in a small town called Amble in Northumberland...

. I was raised by my parents until I was 10 years old, before being put into foster care. From a young age I was always a nightmare at school and at my foster homes. As I started to grow up I started sticking in at school and came out with 3 GCSE'S at grade C. Since leaving school I became a Young Inspector, which meant that me and a group of young people visited youth services to give advice on how they could improve and make their service more young-people friendly.

In 2010 I applied for a volunteering trip away to India with a charity called Raleigh International. My application was successful so I embarked on a 3-week trip to India. While I was there I built sanitary units in a village; it really made me realize the different cultures and helped me appreciate more the little things I have in life. When I got back from India I got a job working as a call centre agent. I worked there for eight months but had to end the job after my Granddad passed away and it became too stressful.

In 2011 I started a 16-week course with Tomorrow’s People, which was all about making myself more employable. During my course I was volunteering in the community, which was good to put on my CV. Also during the course we took part in outdoor activities, which made me realize that becoming an Outdoor Instructor was what I wanted to do as a career. Now I am doing a course with Fairbridge, who are in partnership with the Princes’ Trust. The Fairbridge course is helping me to improve my skills in most outdoor activities. I am also getting advice from the Fairbridge staff on becoming an Outdoor Instructor. Richie Mole, 19 from Newcastle. Unemployed on JobSeekers Allowance, but in training

This is a guest post from Richie who took part in the 'NOISE Young & Jobless' radio documentary series, broadcast over 4 months on BBC 5Live in 2012. The programme followed four unemployed young people as they looked for work, hooking them up with mentors and advice on their journey. For more information about this project, the participants and mentors   --See Here--