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Networking helped Macauley connect with job opportunities

Networking helped Macauley connect with job opportunities

Creating networking opportunities with potential employers is just one of the ways that Works Better 15-25 can help.

Macauley came to the Works Better 15-25 team after being referred by his Work Coach at the JobCentre Plus in February.

He was motivated to get into work and made it very clear in the first appointment that he wanted to secure an apprenticeship in plumbing. Macauley was extremely motivated to gain employment but struggled with knowing how to apply for jobs and where to look for suitable vacancies.

Macauley is a young parent with three children so supporting his family financially whilst on benefits was a real concern to him. In one to one catch ups with his Key Worker, Nicki, Macauley identified a job at a local District Housing provider as an Apprentice Plumber that he was keen to apply for. He struggled with writing application forms, so the team supported him through a series of appointments in completing the main criteria and advising him on how to write his supporting statement.

Shortly afterwards Nicki invited Macauley to an open evening the employer was hosting to help potential apprentices in completing their application forms. They gave advice on what they were looking for in new recruits and how to stand out in the application.

He said that he found this useful and gained some great feedback which assisted him in tweaking his application form slightly.

The company recruits’ apprentices in a large cohort so there is a long wait after the application has been submitted. Macauley is still waiting to hear back as to whether he was successful with the Apprentice Plumber role and in the meantime, he is taking part in training to help with his maths and English. The team has weekly contact with him and are looking for more roles which may be suitable so that he can reach his long-term goal of becoming a trained plumber.

By supporting Macauley to understand his benefits, applying for jobs and providing one to one support when needed, his confidence has grown and feels closer to finding work.


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