When Julie’s contract as a university administrator came to an end in April 2020, she hoped the pandemic would prove to be a relatively short term delay in her finding new work. Despite her ‘things will pick up’ determination, she received few response to her applications until the JETS employability programme stepped in to help. Almost a year after last working, in March 2021, Julie commenced an administration role in the construction industry.
Julie, who is 51 and from Croydon, was referred by Forest Hill Jobcentre Plus to Ingeus, which delivers the JETS programme across London. Specialist employability coaches give one-to-one support and online training to people receiving universal credit, to help them get back into work. It’s full title: Central London Works, Work and Health Programme Job Entry Targeted Support (CLW WHP JETS) is managed by Central London Forward to help Central London residents affected by the pandemic.
“I was determined not to be out of work for a whole year,” says Julie. “I started to feel demoralised and unsure of my next step. I didn’t hear back from many applications and even when I was given an interview, I wasn’t successful.
“Working with Ingeus made a profound difference to my job seeking experience. Their friendly and professional advice helped me to improve my interview technique and increase my confidence. I was mentored on how to update my CV and cover letters for particular job applications and the Ingeus online iWorks system really helped tutor me for online interview scenarios. I developed a Linkedin profile and Ingeus put me forward for roles.”
Julie now works in the construction industry and concludes: “Thank you so much, Ingeus, for your belief and support! It has been a truly beneficial experience.”