Optimistic Michael Crosby from Preston has the right approach to make the most of new work opportunities in 2021.
Forty-year-old Michael was made redundant last summer from his role as a sales administrator for a company in Chorley, but just two weeks after joining the WHP JETS programme, Michael found new work. He is now employed full time in a telephone-based customer service role, working from home.
Since Michael had been out-of-work for more than 13 weeks, his Work Coach Diane Stocks at Leyland Jobcentre Plus suggested that he sign up for the newly-launched WHP JETS programme. He was referred to local delivery partner Ingeus and his progress towards finding work began straightaway with his Employment Coach Emma Baluch.
“I believe that you have to keep an open mind and be prepared to have a go at working in a different way and in new sectors,” said Michael. “I received excellent advice that gave me the confidence to apply for a number of roles because I see each new experience as improving my skills and expertise.”
He added: “My Employment Coach highlighted the vacancies that I might be suitable for. I also attended an interview skills workshop run by Ingeus Group Facilitator Julie Morrison, which was very useful and gave my confidence a real boost as I didn’t have any recent experience of job interviews. Two weeks after joining WHP JETS, I heard that I had been successful in my application.”
Ingeus, working in partnership with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), is delivering the Work and Health Programme (WHP) expansion for Job Entry Targeted Support (JETS). It is co-financed by the European Social Fund and provides fast paced continuous support to participants negatively affected by COVID-19 labour market changes.
Ingeus supports the delivery of JETS in the North West, Greater London, Greater Manchester, the North East, and Central areas.