Joining the new JETS employability programme empowered Hayley Storey from Lancashire to improve her job search skills and find new work with a welcome challenge.
Forty-nine-year-old Hayley had initially taken voluntary redundancy from her previous employment as she needed to care for a family member, but the subsequent pandemic and lockdown restrictions had frustrated Hayley’s planned return to work.
After being unemployed for 13 weeks and receiving Jobseekers Allowance, Hayley signed up for the WHP JETS programme suggested by Sandra Rowbottom, her Work Coach at Skelmersdale Jobcentre Plus. Hayley was referred to local delivery partner Ingeus and she received advice from Employment Coach Jenni Hockney.
“Although Hayley had lots of experience working in the Human Resources (HR) sector, she had not been able to generate any real interest from prospective employers,” said Jenni. “I reviewed her CV, and we were able to revise it and highlight the most relevant information that would be appealing to employers.
“Hayley was already with a recruitment agency that specialises in HR and she was quickly offered an interview. JETS then organised for a one-to-one session to improve Hayley’s interview skills based around her experience and the requirements of the vacancy.
“At the end of December Hayley was offered employment and she started in January. We were also able to help her by reimbursing Hayley for the cost of new work clothes.”
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.
“My Employment Coach was great; I can’t thank Jenni enough for her help and advice in my search for work,” explained Hayley. “I am enjoying my new role with a company that imports and exports fresh produce.
“At the moment I’m currently learning about the new regulations that have come in as a result of Brexit. Getting to grips with different ways of working is challenging and has pushed me out of my comfort zone which I think is a good thing. I am also putting in place new HR policies for my employers.
“When I was at home I kept up my level of fitness with regular workouts. Now I am looking forward to when I can get back to the gym as I have missed seeing my friends there.”
Ingeus supports the delivery of JETS in the North West, Greater London, Greater Manchester, the North East, and Central areas.