Mr. N had a varied employment record, work placements and jobs that have been more short term than long. Mr N, hadn’t been in any secured paid work for the best part of three to four years. He wanted to return to some paid employment, part-time. He did not know where to look for work, hadn’t an up to date CV and required more one to one support with searching, applying for work and being prepared for any eventual job interview.
I created an action plan following discussions held with Mr. N. Updated and strengthened his CV presentation, assisted him with job searching, encouraged Mr. N to actively and independently try to search for local and suitable part time job vacancies himself.
In the time, over the course of a few months, Mr. N would gain a small number of job interviews and assessments. Having disclosed his disability and so under reasonable adjustments, Mr. N was supported in these face-to-face job interviews by the supported employment co-ordinator, having discussed a simple strategy of interview preparation, prior to each interview.
Eventually, by February 2020, he attended a job interview for a part-time assistant grounds maintenance worker. Because of the national Covid19 pandemic, Mr. N would not start his return to paid employment until late Sept 2020. Within the previous 6 months to this date, I would keep regular contact, telephone calls and emails with both Mr. N and the employer.
In September 2020, Mr. N started his induction to work, health and safety training, forms to be completed, plus other information to be supplied. I was involved, assisting with the transition back into employment. I supported Mr. N to notify the Job Centre housing department about their change in circumstances, for the purposes of their joint Universal Credit and housing benefit claims.
I have stayed involved with Mr. N to monitor is commitment to a new weekly working schedule, support him and his employer with any explanation of duties and adjustments during his first 2-3 months within his probationary period.
By December 2020, Mr. N had excelled in the role and really enjoys the challenges and opportunities it has given him. The employer is delighted with his effort, commitment and attitude. He is developing his skills set, learning new tasks and working successfully with his grounds maintenance supervisor.
(Eamonn, Supported Employment Coordinator)