Over 2, 000 jobseekers helped thanks to Work Routes Cornwall
More than 2,000 unemployed people from all across Cornwall have started work thanks to the free support they received from Work Routes.
Since 2016, the service co-funded by the Department for Work and Pensions and the European Social Fund as part of the Growth Programme, has been providing jobseekers with training, advice, health and wellbeing support, as well as links with local employers. The support on offer is matched to each person’s needs, whether it is a quick CV revamp and help with online applications, or sector- or job-specific training and practise with interviews.
Tina Beresford was referred to Work Routes by her Job Centre Plus Work Coach who recommended she joined the service to assist her with her new job search.
Tina had been previously working for 13 years supporting volunteers in Athletics but due to COVID 19, found herself unemployed and in need of revaluating her career. Temporarily in receipt of JSA, Tina was needing some advice and training on how best to secure her next job.
After a first meeting with her employment adviser at Reed in Partnership, Tina joined Work Routes and started working closely with her adviser to discuss her options and the opportunities available to her. They worked out how to tailor the programme so that it met her needs and aims.
Together with her employment adviser, they identified her many transferable skills along with new job goals and created an action plan. Given her career history, Tina was already very good at writing job applications, and knowing how to sell herself on paper, but was keen to learn how to interview well. This was identified by her adviser as an area to focus and resulted in Tina attending Work Routes Interview Skills training sessions.
“After dedicating 13 years supporting volunteers in Athletics, where most time was spent organising face to face attendance-based courses, it was a big surprise to have my role end in October 2020 due to Covid. As I was happy, content and performed well in my previous role I never looked outside for jobs at other companies, so had little experience of applications or interviews,” said Tina.
As a result of these sessions and some practice run with her adviser, Tina felt much more confident and prepared for her upcoming interviews. Tina added: “Having support from the staff at Reed was invaluable in reducing apprehensions I had about interviews and selling myself. I was more prepared, confident and in a better mindset. It was also reassuring to know that there was outside support available from people who had my back and who I could call on if needed for extra support such as doing mock interviews,” said Tina.
Given Tina’s career history in coordination roles and working her way up the ranks whilst at her last employer for 13 years, she wasn’t given the opportunity to continue her education and development to officially obtain a coordination or project management qualification. For Tina to progress into similar roles she found that not having such a qualification was becoming barrier to obtaining a new role.
With that in mind, her employment adviser managed to access funding through the Work Routes service and fund the qualification to enable Tina to be offered new employment at this level. Since receiving all of this support, Tina was successful at a recent job interview and started a full-time post with the Wave Project in Cornwall. Dan Lander, Work Routes Cornwall Senior Operations Manager said: “We are so pleased our ESF funded Work Routes service helped Tina improve her confidence and helped her to secure a fantastic new job.”
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