Just carry on
Rodrigues is one of our participants on Project TurnOver. He has a history of detention and was, for a long time, under the assumption that his background would mean he would not have a promising future. He now realizes that he has come a long way with the right help and a little confidence.
Rodrigues: 'Turn-Over is a great process to participate in. The combination of sport and developing yourself is perfect. At Turn-Over we learn to accept criticism, how to present yourself and how to handle a paid job. Every participant has a different background. From juvenile prison to drug addictions. It's nice to see how the participants want to change. You have to make the switch in your head. And Joeri and Lammert push us to the limit, they never give us up. '
Gerda believes in me
Rodrigues may soon start at Schouten Techniek. "I'm being trained as an electrician. I will be working five days a week and go to school two evenings. If you want to achieve something, you have to work hard and go for it. It doesn't fall from the sky. Staying on the couch does not produce anything. Because of my past I was afraid that I would not get another chance. Now I know I just have to keep going. I am super motivated. " Rodrigues continues: 'Joeri and Lammert are doing their best for everyone. I appreciate that very much. If only this route had come my way sooner! Gerda van Schouten Techniek believes in me. I have a lot of respect for her. "
Schouten Techniek gives people a chance
Schouten Techniek is one of the employers who believes in Turn-Over and offers participating young people a chance. Gerda Zwarthoed, head of human resources: 'Schouten Techniek is a family business. We are known in West Friesland as a social employer that gives people a chance. That is partly why we have given our full commitment to the Turn-Over project. "
Gerda does not hide her enthusiasm: 'It is wonderful to be able to help these young people. I went to Castricum to watch the training and met the guys from the project. They were all enthusiastic about a position in technology. I soon got the feeling that we could really mean something to the boys. I immediately had a click with Rodrigues. Because of his past as a car mechanic, I advised him on electrical engineering. " Gerda is looking forward to the arrival of Rodrigues: 'He will soon start a full-time job at Schouten. He also has to go to school and he also wants to keep playing rugby. That will be quite a mess! But of course we are there for Rodrigues. I really like it! "