Antony's on a new path thanks to our support

Why Antony joined the Links to Work programme

Antony has years of work experience as a Production Operative but due to the nature of the industry he'd been unable to secure a permanent contract and the hours were unpredictable. Antony found that having an inconsistent income left him unable to properly plan for the future. 

After expressing these concerns to the Weymouth Jobcentre Plus during a period of unemployment, they referred him to the Links to Work programme for support with getting a full-time permanent job. 

How Links to Work helped

We assigned Antony a personal consultant who would dedicate their time to finding out exactly what Antony's aspirations were and build a package of support to suit his needs. Jenny got to work immediately, quickly developing a relationship with Antony and discovering how she could help. 

Antony identified that working in retail would suit his interests and lifestlye so he wanted to gain a full-time permanent position within this sector. Antony didn't have any retail experience so Jenny worked with him to update his CV so that it showcased transferable skills he could apply to a retail job. Jenny helped Antony see that he had the gained a number of skills over the years and his applications would therefore get noticed. Antony had previously been counting himself out of applying for jobs believing himself to lack the required experience. 

Antony said: "I find it difficult to look at jobs and know whether I have the skills or if my learning difficulties mean the job would be too difficult. Jenny helped me believe that I could do it."

Jenny enrolled Antony on our City & Guilds accredited Customer Service Course. Our courses have been designed with the input of local employers and equip participants with a nationally recognised certificate and workplace skills currently in demand. The course helped Antony to understand the key concepts of delivering good customer service which would help him with future applications and interviews. 

Antony was supported to search and apply for a number of suitable vacancies. Antony found the process a bit disheartening when he didn't hear back from prospective employers but Jenny helped him to develop resilience and persevere. 

Getting a job

Despite initial disappointment Antony kept going. He even kept up the job search in his own time, dropping in CVs in person to stores he wished to work for. It was through this strategy that he was successful in securing several interviews with a variety of local employers. Antony was provided support before each interview to help him research the company and consider responses for likely interview questions. 

Antony was particularly nervous for his first interview so asked Jenny to accompany him. Jenny happily obliged and helped him stay calm on the day. His first interview experience gave him the confidence to go it alone in future interviews. 

We're delighted to report that Antony was successful at one of his interviews and now works full-time in a local high street store. 

Jenny said: "This is testament to Antony's hard work and determination. Taking the job applying into his own hands meant he was offered three interviews in four days and offered a Retail Assistant role in the same week."

Antony had this advice for job seekers: "Just give it a try and take your CV into different stores, if there are no jobs available ask them if they can hold your CV for future vacancies."

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You can still sign up for the Links to Work programme if you're from Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Northamptonshire. Sign up for our free employment support and we'll work with you to overcome your barriers and get you the job you want.