Breaking the cycle

20 years ago Workways+ team leader Jake Williams was asked to provide support for a young man who was third generation unemployed. He had never worked and had never know anyone in his family to have a job.

He remarked that his girlfriend was pregnant and with the benefit payment it was no point him working. A few years later the same young man was again referred to Jake. This time Jake was able to offer paid work experience and fully funded training. Jake managed to persuade him to give it a go. The young man undertook a forklift operator training course and was placed in a company for work experience. With a forklift licence and work experience on his CV Jake was able to assist in helping him apply for jobs. After a short job search he was successful and got his first job.

A year later Jake received a phone call from the young man’s father. There was a job going in the same company and he asked if he was eligible for the same support. Support was duly delivered and his father was employed in the same company, a first time job for him.

Recently Jake bumped into the man who is now in his 40’s. He said that two of his children were in full time employment and his daughter was in university. He had maintained full time employment from the time Jake gave him support. He could not express his thanks to Jake and employment support enough.

Jake said, “We see stats of what we have done and they only state one part of the story. When you see the massive difference services like Workways+ make with people’s lives you start to understand what we are doing. We helped 3 generations of people in one family get into employment. A much better life for them and a saving on benefits. It’s just wonderful to think we have helped a person break an unemployment cycle in their family”.

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