Puslished: 31 July 2019
John joined the BBO programme in August 2018, having been unemployed for a year.
He had worked as a Furniture Finisher for many years, however, with the industry becoming a 'dying trade', he eventually found himself out of work.
John had some health issues but didn't believe that this prevented him from working. However, he felt that his age (60) could hinder his chances of finding work.
John wanted to improve some of his skills and also build his confidence.
Whilst on the BBO programme, John attended various courses designed either to boost his confidence or to “upskill” him and received guidance on searching for jobs. As a result, John is now in full time work.
He said: “All aspects of this course have been brilliant, from the Job Brokers, Work Coaches and your Tutors, I found nothing was too much trouble for them. The confidence I gained helped me with numerous courses, including Maths and Customer Service courses, and the end result is I’ve secured myself a job. All in all, a great experience.”
If anyone requires any support around gaining education/training, employment or help with job search to contact a member of the Building Better Opportunities team on 01623 362505.
I started working at Mansfield CVS aged just 18, initially as an admin apprentice studying a level 2 NVQ and later progressing to doing a “Higher” apprenticeship (NVQ level 3). It was my first job and when I began working here I had very low self-confidence and no practical work experience at all! Due to the nature of the work, helping other charities in the local area, and the lovely people I work with, I soon discovered I really enjoy working in the charity sector and would be very happy to have a career in it – something I had never considered prior to joining MCVS.
Charlotte Wright, Mansfield CVSRead More