For newly appointed supply chain officer Jose from Westminster, getting back to work after eight months of frustrated job searching was ‘indescribable”.
The 47 year old was made redundant in April 2020 and as the pandemic took hold, he struggled with the lack of response to his numerous job applications. Despite extensive experience in purchasing, logistics and customer service, Jose’s applications fell on deaf ears until he was referred by Jobcentre Plus to Ingeus’s Gabriella Rolfe and the CLW WHP JETS programme.
“I quickly signed up to workshops on CV production, video interviews and writing covering letters, which really helped me,” explains Jose. “The Ingeus iWorks system also gave me access to hundreds of videos and helpful hints to improve my employability.
“With Gabriella’s help, I submitted a lengthy application for a hospital supply chain role and soon had my first interview in eights months lined up. I was almost in tears when I was offered the job and started work in the New Year – a fabulous start to 2021.”
Jose’s role now sees him ordering and monitoring stock for a major London hospital. “I can’t describe what it’s like to be back in work,” he concludes. “I was so thrilled to tell Jobcentre Plus that I wouldn’t require benefit payments anymore.”
Central London Works, Work and Health Programme Job Entry Targeted Support (CLW WHP JETS) gives targeted employment support to Central London residents affected by the pandemic. A combination of one-to-one support and online resources give unemployed people practical help to get back to work quickly. Central London Works is delivered by Ingeus and commissioned by Central London Forward.
Jose hopes to progress in his new role and save money for a trip back to Colombia to visit family once travel restrictions are lifted.