Skater lands dream job

A KEEN skater has landed on his feet with a dream job thanks to a training scheme.

Michael Eastwood is currently working at Hartlepool’s Rozzy Plaza skate park which he helped to get off the ground.

The 20-year-old is training as a youth worker during the day with Hartlepool Borough Council’s Integrated Youth Service and spends his evenings at the nearby Rossmere Youth Centre.

Just a year ago Michael was unemployed with a baby on the way, but the youth service put him in touch with the Connect2Work and Going Forward Together projects, run by the council’s economic development team.

Connect2Work arranged a year’s paid placement for Michael at the Rozzy Plaza, and the youth service and Going Forward Together has helped him get a string of youth work qualifications under his belt.

Michael, who is organising events, helping youngsters with any issues and playing his part in further developing the skate park, said: “I have always been a family-orientated person and a job helping give young people a better future is great for me.

“I am loving it.

“It is such a friendly environment in which to work and I’m very grateful to Connect2Work and the Youth Service for giving me this new start.”

Connect2Work and Going Forward Together help young people in the town aged between 14 and 19 who are not in employment, education or training.

It is funded from the European Social Fund and co-financed by the Young People’s Learning Agency and the Skills Funding Agency.

For more information about the programmes call (01429) 523518.