With Restart Scheme pre-employability support and funding to cover travel expenses, Owen was able to broaden his job search area and secure work. He is now optimistic about the future: “It will be a good Christmas this year! I am really enjoying my new role and I’m hoping some of my friends will also be able to find similar work too soon.”
Ben*, an autistic adult with Asperger Syndrome, struggled to communicate his abilities at interview stage and as a result had been unemployed for 18-months. This had knocked his confidence and meant he was applying for roles that wouldn’t challenge him. With Julia, his Job Coach's support, Ben has landed a position in a reputable legal firm in Hereford and is looking forward to progressing his career.
When Richard* first joined the Restart Scheme, he told his Job Coach at ELITE Supported Employment, that he was feeling overwhelmed and unsure of his job goals following years as the main carer for a family member. Furthermore, public transport in his local area only ran during daytime hours, which reduced his options for work.
Despite an impressive ten years of experience in Retail, and numerous transferable skills, Charlie* was under-selling himself by only applying for entry-level roles. It was quickly identified by his Serco Job Coach, Elliot, that Charlie’s CV was too modest and needed to highlight his excellent communication skills and supervisory experience gained when he provided cover in sister stores.