Enham Trust’s Work Programme staff in Andover were delighted when four former customers dropped in recently to tell them that they had all found work as cleaners at the army headquarters in Andover.
In August, Aramark had come to Enham Trust Work Programme with a range of vacancies. Having worked closely with the company previously, Denise Stock and Clare Purdie were able to put customers forward for the roles and provide support including interview practice, providing photo ID and help completing forms. In all ten, customers who had all been out of work for at least a year have secured work with Aramark.
Denise Stock, Employer Engagement Officer, said, “We are so pleased with this result. It’s great for our customers and great for Aramark. Being able to work with Aramark again means that more of our customers can benefit from their great employment and training opportunities.”
Ryan Morris was 18 when he was referred to Work Programme in November 2012 and had never worked. Having finished college he admits he began to drift and lacked confidence. He appreciated the practical help and motivational support from the advisers.
He said “Without Denise and Clare I wouldn’t have got this job.”
He is now enjoying every aspect of the job and says he gets up at 6.00am, which is not a time of day he knew existed before!
“This is a really good example of how we can help customers through the difficult transition from unemployment to sustained employment,” said Denise.
“By getting to know our customers closely, addressing their barriers and preparing them for work they are able to help them make the next step into jobs. We were there to help them through housing benefit problems, transport to work issues and other things that can make going into work so difficult for some customers.”