Matthew wasn't having the best of times before he enrolled onto the 'Get Into Security' course. He didn't have a job, or income and didn't know what industry he wanted to progress in. 

"Before I joined the ‘Get Into Security’ course I went through a state of depression and I was on a job seeker allowance. I wrote my own music, and it was getting me to think about how I can change my negative thoughts into positive ones." 

It was the Prince's Trust that told Matthew about the course that they run in collaboration with the Foundation, and security firm Rubicon. The course allows 16 participants to study for a two-week period - without a fee - in order for them to gain the right qualifications to then progress into the security industry. 

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As part of the course, participants spend the day at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay. Matthew stayed behind after the session and asked for assistance on the application form he was given. 

"I think the guys at the WMC saw something in me at the time, that even I couldn’t see. That got me thinking about my future ambitions and gave me the motivation to go out and achieve anything." 

Matthew now has a job as a security guard in the WMC, and says the course helped him achieve his goals: "The course was really good, delivered by really nice people in a friendly environment. I want to thank everyone at Cardiff City FC Foundation for giving me the opportunity." 

He is also exploring other potential job avenues, and is currently studying to become a personal trainer. "I’m also studying to be a personal trainer at Ystrad Mynarch College, and learning how to design my own website. Once I’ve completed the personal training course, I’ll be looking to build my own website and focus on becoming the best person I can be." 

Laura Morgan - Security Services and Stage Door Supervisor at the Centre - has been delighted with the dedication that Matthew has shown: "Since he’s (Matthew) been here, he’s been shadowing the more experienced security guards who have been giving positive feedback and Matt is settling in very well in the month he has been here."  

Thanks to employability programmes such as the Get Into Security Course, young people across South Wales are able to engage with employers to gain mentoring, work based learning and unique insights into specific industries.