When unemployed Ryan Coburn received help from the new JETS employability programme to get back into work, he decided to spread his good fortune and promptly helped a friend secure work with his new employer too.
 
Ryan works in the quality control department of an online retailer’s depot, near his home in Ashton under Lyne.
 
“I lost my previous job earlier this year and really struggled to find anything else as the pandemic took hold,” said Ryan. “It was a real relief when Jobcentre Plus recommended the JETS scheme and an employment coach immediately got in touch.”
 
Ryan was referred by Work Coach Leon at Jobcentre Plus in Ashton Under Lyne, to Ingeus, which delivers the Working Well (Work and Health Programme) Job Entry Targeted Support (WHP JETS) programme across Greater Manchester. The scheme is commissioned by Greater Manchester Combined Authority, is part-funded by the European Social Fund, and provides quick effective help to people actively looking to return to work.
 
Ingeus advisors Sabah Khalid and Matthew Bowden were “massively helpful” according to Ryan, discussing roles of interest and suggesting suitable vacancies. He quickly secured an interview at the depot and was back in work just days later.
 
Ryan concludes: “It’s brilliant to be working again, it’s a great company, with nice people. After nothing for months it all happened very quickly thanks to JETS.
 
“When I heard there were other vacancies available, I knew of a friend who would be perfect and encouraged him to apply. It’s good to now be able to say hi to him on my breaks!
 
“I can help out my mum now with the bills and am starting 2021 on a high.”