A local work club has helped a tenant from Kettlethorpe, who was unemployed for five years, to find work at the Manygates Adult Education Centre in Wakefield.
David Phillips had previously spent 30 years running pubs but, after he was made redundant, he struggled to find work.
Despite applying for lots of jobs, David was unsuccessful and started attending work clubs organised by WDH at Kettlethorpe’s Community Learning Centre.
At these sessions David received help with writing his CV, applying for jobs as well as gaining confidence for interviews. Through the work club, David was also given the opportunity to gain work experience at WDH’s Hub in Wakefield and the Adult Education Centre.
Following his work experience at the Adult Education Centre, David applied to work as a volunteer a few days a week to help out with admin and reception duties. During his time volunteering a full time position became available and Julie Srivastava, WDH Community Employment Advisor, encouraged him to apply for it. David was successful and is now a full time Reception and Admin Support Officer.
Speaking about his accomplishment, Julie said: “David has been incredibly committed to finding work and has done lots of work experience and voluntary work to improve his employability. I’m really happy for him and he deserves this after all his hard work.”
David added: “I’d like to thank WDH for the support they’ve offered me. Julie’s gone out of her way to help me and I’m really enjoying my new job, which is a total career change for me. She gave me some great advice and was so supportive when helping me work on my CV and interview skills, it was really beneficial.”
To find out more about WDH’s Community Employment Advisors visit our Community Employment Advisors page.