When 23-year-old university graduate Fintan Bradley went travelling around India, he could not have foreseen that he would end up stranded in a hostel and repatriated due to COVID-19. Returning to Preston a little earlier than planned, Fin began searching for a job, but his efforts proved fruitless due to the pandemic and his lack of work experience.
“Coming straight out of uni, I didn’t have the most elaborate CV,” says Fin. “I also lacked a bit of trajectory in terms of what I really wanted to do, then COVID was a big factor in why I couldn’t find anything.”
Fin’s work coach Nathan at Preston Jobcentre Plus referred him to the WHP JETS programme and set up a meeting with Ingeus employment coach Beverley Nickson. It was Bev who helped Fin to find some focus in his hunt for a job. “I was applying for anything and everything I thought I might be qualified for, but Bev gave me a lot of direction and showed me realistically what was the next step,” says Fin. “I was looking for the perfect job and she focused me on getting a steppingstone to it.”
As well as helping Fin to hone his CV, Bev also provided guidance on writing a cover letter and supported him in his search for a job. She helped him brush up on his interview technique and prepare for the questions that might come up. Finally, Bev put him forward for an interview for a full-time job working from home for the Census – and Fin was delighted to be offered the role.
It’s a great start for Fin, whose future ambition is to work for a government agency. “I’d be interested in probationary work and helping ex-offenders,” he says. “My mum’s a social worker so I’ve been brought up with it, I’m interested in support worker roles, definitely something in the civil service. The JETS programme has been extremely influential in realising my career path and the steps I needed to take to get to where I want to be. It’s nice being in full-time work, I’m really enjoying it, as previously I was sitting round doing nothing and feeling guilty about it. It feels good to fill my days again.”
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.