Since Michael was referred by an agency working with students with learning disabilities for kitchen-based work experience in 2006, he has found continuing support from The Salvation Army.
Michael was encouraged to join maths and English classes at an entry level and he proved to be a hard worker. Using the IT room he created a new CV and applied for numerous jobs. On receiving an interview at an hotel, our staff helped Michael with mock interviews, accompanied him to the interview and provided a verbal reference expressing how well he works and would fit into his new environment. The interview was a success.
In 2009, Michael was devastated to be made redundant. He returned to The Salvation Army to renew his Food Hygiene certificate and to volunteer. He also continued studying – this time gaining Level 1 English and Maths. Michael updated his CV and applied for more jobs while staff worked with him to rebuild his confidence.
Invited to an interview at a care home for older people, Michael was offered a new kitchen job. Three years later he was made redundant again. This time Michael remained positive about his situation and asked to return as a volunteer, renewed his CV and commenced a Level 2 English and Maths course. He started a BTEC course in Health and Social Care at college while he continues searching for a job. He volunteers three days a week.
Michael’s confidence has grown through the years and his redundancies have served to make him stronger. He said: “Since coming to The Salvation Army I have gained my EL Maths and English, L1 Maths and English and am working now on L2 Maths and English. I enjoyed the Go-on courses because I can carry on doing other courses at home in my leisure time. I am waiting to see if I have passed my Health and Social Care course."
Support with the basics
Guidance and support with benefit queries and support to identify the barriers to work