- In 2018/19, we helped 1050 people into paid jobs and 90% were full time.
- During the same year, we helped 509 young people into apprenticeships.
When J came to us he had limited work experience aside from a short stint in MacDonalds.
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Helping people to overcome barriers and realise their ambitions.
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Although statutory services helping people into employment exist, they are not always able to work effectively with people who have added barriers such as an offending background, a history of homelessness, lack of work experience and skills, substance misuse and/or mental health problems. This is where our services come in. They work with people at their own pace and offer additional help with issues which may be holding someone back from finding and holding down a job.
Our teams work in partnership with statutory services such as Job Centre Plus and employers to source opportunities for their clients. Specialist support is available for young people who are experiencing barriers to employment.
Our work through these services also helps people experiencing in work poverty which can also have an extremely detrimental effect on individuals and families, with people struggling to hold down insecure employment working long hours on low pay.
J was a shy young man living with his mother and brother in temporary accommodation after the family had been forced to flee domestic violence. When he came to us, he had limited work experience aside from a short stint in MacDonalds but was keen to build up his skills and find a career. He had previously enjoyed gardening so our caseworker Lorna helped him create CVs to pursue two paths – one based around catering given his past job and the other around his passion for gardening.
A major factor holding J back was his lack of confidence and shyness – especially given the trauma he had experienced - and so Lorna carried out a lot of work increasing his levels of self-belief alongside giving him practical help with searching and applying for work. Eventually, persistence paid and he secured an interview for a gardening role. Lorna helped him prepare for the interview and even helped him find suitable interview clothes.
J was successful and is now thriving in his gardening job. Feedback from his employer has shown that they are extremely pleased with J and are also helping him progress professionally through further training.