Job seekers come to us from a variety of backgrounds, with a multiple barriers that prevent them from working. We’ve pulled together 5 common problems faced by our service users and how we’ve helped them overcome them.
1. Lack of training
Some of the people who sign up to our service are almost ready for employment and just need a small nudge in the right direction, whilst others need more intensive support. We offer a number of training courses (ranging from interview training to IT skills for beginners), access to accredited qualifications and run a variety of workshops to get our participants job ready.
Neha was struggling to find work as she didn’t know which industry she wanted to work in or how to job search successfully. After meeting with her Work Routes employment adviser, Neha took the accounting qualification AAT Level 2 with 97% result. Neha subsequently found employment with a local company.
2. Low confidence
Low self-esteem and a lack of confidence is another factor that prevents people from finding work. We run workshops that are specifically designed to boost job searchers’ confidence and help them feel more optimistic about entering employment in general.
Before joining the Work Routes programme, Stephen had very low confidence and felt demotivated about finding employment. Following a consultation with his employment adviser, Stephen attended a number of employability and confidence building workshops, and within 3 weeks he successfully interviewed for a job.
3. Health problems
Health issues can be another reason that people struggle to find work. A lot of the time this can be due to a physical health problem, but it’s common for us to help people suffering from mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. We also run health wellbeing workshops that teach individuals how to take care of themselves. We also work alongside employers who have the flexibility to make arrangements to accommodate for health issues.
Fiona has a speech impediment and dyslexia, and when she started our programme was unsure if she was ready for work. She started our IT course along with interview training, which allowed her to overcome her barriers and start work in a role that she really enjoys.
“There’s no point in me applying for that job, I’m too old and they only employ young people nowadays”. Does this sound familiar to you? Recent studies have found that 75% of workers felt that older workers bring knowledge and experience to companies that cannot be found in younger workers. We work alongside employers who acknowledge the efficacy of age-diverse workforces and hire employees based on who they are, not how old they are.
Susan had been out of work for seven years, which affected her confidence when it came to finding a job. Before coming to see us, Susan was nervous about the future and feeling that her age went against her. Susan participated in a number of training programmes which focused on equipping her with essential workplace skills and building her confidence. After only four months of being on our programme, Susan successfully found a job.
If you have something that is affecting you finding work and it isn’t listed above, this doesn’t mean we can’t help you. We’ve helped over 7000 people find work since 2016 and each of them has come to us with unique circumstances. Our service is completely free for you to use.
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