Andrew was referred to the Bridges project by Jobcentre plus during outreach activities in Dudley and was initially invited to attend an advice and guidance appointment with DRC in order to discuss previous work history, current barriers and to establish an action plan which would enable him to move forward in his search for employment.

Andrew had been unemployed for 17years mainly due to a physical disability which severely restricts his mobility, he explained that he would require support to enable him to return into the workplace due to this and general health issues including a lack of confidence which was having a negative impact on his general wellbeing. Before joining the course, Andrew had little experience in terms of pre-employment skills.

It was quickly established that Andrew would require information and training on health condition management as well as work related information in order to overcome personal barriers. With this in mind Andrew joined the 12 week Journey to Work course which was being delivered in Dudley Library.

Andrew did not have a CV and was supported in producing this in the initial sessions as well as receiving information on future training within the field of teaching / training which would enable him to utilise his knowledge from his previous employment as a carpenter and joiner into a new career. Andrew has excellent communication skills and was advised that these and other transferable skills should be considered as a way of changing direction within the world of work.

Over the duration of the course Andrew displayed a vast improvement in confidence and became a valuable member of the group as he progressed through the various pre-employment and health condition management modules.

After the initial 12 weeks, Andrew was advised that the “Work Choice” programme may be a positive progression towards employment and he is currently in discussion with a local provider with a view to joining the scheme.

 

“The support provided by the BRIDGES Project has vastly improved my future aspirations”

“I’m grateful they’ve took the time out and be sympathetic”