“It’s the first job I’ve ever really enjoyed,” says 41 year-old Jamie Bysh from Carlisle after a social media post indirectly helped him into work.
Jamie had been unemployed for nine months and feared his chequered work history would make it impossible to find a suitable role when partner Katie came to the rescue, asking for help on social media. Jacqueline Kirk, employment coach with Ingeus – which delivers the WHP JETS employment programme in the region – spotted the post and encouraged Jamie to join up. A week later, following a referral from Julie Nash at Carlisle Jobcentre Plus, and Jamie had his first job offer.
The WHP JETS programme provides employment support to participants affected by the pandemic. Jamie was soon benefiting from online workshops on returning to work and interview techniques, while Jacqueline busily sourced suitable vacancies. Jamie was successful in applying for a cleaning role at a local canning factory and promptly started work.
“I couldn’t believe how quickly everything happened after getting nowhere on my own,” says Jamie. “It’s a weight off my shoulders to be earning again, I was so worried I wouldn’t find anything. The JETS programme came to my rescue, even funding my bus travel to work before I first got paid.
“I really enjoy this role. I’ve been given on-the-job training and the other staff are friendly, there’s a great atmosphere.”
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.