“I now have all the tools needed to find work” – Bill’s story

Bill faced physical barriers and didn’t know how to obtain work without experience or qualifications. His strength and determination meant that with the help of Positive People he started to see a future again. Here is his story.

“I previously had employment that involved physical work. Unfortunately due to an injury, I was unable to sustain that line of work. I was then unemployed for 17 months.

“Eventually, I migrated to Universal Credit and became a job seeker. Due to financial issues I was very motivated to find work. The work that I was looking for meant that I had to be seated for a majority of the time as walking and manual work is difficult. I knew I had to change career path to accommodate my injury and decided to look for administration roles.

“However, I did not have the qualifications to support this career path and, unfortunately, due to lack of qualification and experience, I had no luck in securing employment and was unsure what to do next.

“I was disheartened by the advice I had previously been given. I asked Positive People for help on what to do next. Initially, I was very distrusting of the support offered but, over time, I began to trust my Change Coach and built up a positive, pro‐active relationship. I was able to begin my journey of change.

“Lack of money meant I was unable to get into Taunton to update my training and skills. I did not know what direction I was going in.

“My IT equipment was old and unreliable, so I couldn’t do any online courses and I found it hard to look for jobs. I do not use a smart phone. Also, because I have never worked in administration I have no experience to show any prospective employers. Every time Positive People funded items for me, I was so worried it would affect my Universal Credit.

“Mandy took the time to build up a trusting relationship with me. She has given me confidence that I can achieve my goals. To begin with she liaised with CMT, in Taunton, to set up a Level 2 course in english for me and funded travel to CMT by getting me a bus pass for a month.

“She linked me up with the Watch Project in Chard, so I could get some administration experience through volunteering, this also gave me the opportunity to socialise and I have met new people. She purchased me a Chrome Book, so I can do an online business and administration course with Vision2learn. Now I can update my CV regularly and apply for jobs online once I have got my qualification. When I have had my foot surgery, I will have all the tools needed to find work.

“My future goals are to have my foot surgery, complete my online training course and get an administration job”.

Bill’s quote to his Change Coach “You have such a friendly approach to help people and you can tell you want to help people”

Bill’s support:

  • CMT training provider in Taunton: enrolled and complete functional skills Level 2 English.
  • The Watch Project in Chard: Bill became a member and is now able to volunteer with them, focusing on administration work. This will give Bill valuable experience in Admin to improve his chances of finding employment.
  • Vision2Learn: They set Bill up with an online training provider to complete a Level 2 Business and Administration course.
  • Cosmic: supported Bill to set up his chromebook – made sure he had access to Google Docs, his email and his online training provider.