“The people at Work on the Horizon have been great helping me with my IT course and looking for work and I got my job with Work on the Horizon’s help. They are very helpful, and I am very thankful for all their support.”

Stuart came to Work on the Horizon in March 2018 looking for support with his IT skills and creating a CV. He had a full work history and had worked very hard in all his previous roles, however when he found himself being made redundant three years previously he struggled to get back into work.

Stuart had no IT skills therefore couldn’t create CV by himself, so he came to WOTH for support with designing and creating a CV and submitting job applications. Stuart soon began attending one-to-one job search support sessions where the team registered him on various job sites and helped him apply for vacancies. Stuart was also given the opportunity to attend weekly IT classes on the Learn my Way programme which helped him develop basic IT skills and improve his confidence.

At 60 years old Stuart lacked confidence, believing that his age was a barrier to him finding employment. The one-to-one sessions helped him improve his confidence and realise that he did still have a lot to offer an employer.

During one of his job search sessions, Stuart expressed an interest in a Porter’s position at a local hotel as he had previous experience. The project officer at WOTH helped him compile an email detailing his experience and suitability for the role and attached his new CV. Stuart was invited to an interview at the hotel and was shortlisted alongside two other people to attend a work trial. Stuart was determined to get the position, so he arrived early, worked really hard and was offered the job a few days later.

Stuart’s project officer said “Stuart has an excellent approach to work and was very open minded and keen to apply for a variety of different jobs in the hope of gaining employment. He’s delighted to be starting work again and can’t wait to begin! Stuart showed real determination and commitment; he attended every appointment and was willing to apply for any role within the region even if it meant long journeys on public transport. Stuart now takes three buses to and from his new job which takes him two hours each way but despite this he is just so happy to finally be back in work.”