The Work Programme is a Government programme,
set up to help people who have normally been on benefits for a year, but to help people
get back into employment. It’s extra additional support from what people already receive from
the JobCentre. It’s for two years, helping them retain their jobs and helping them retain
sustained employment. Before joining the Work Programme, I was just
signing on and unemployed because I’ve got metal in my back. I felt like I didn’t have
a purpose, I was sitting around like a no-hoper all day. I’m currently working with Joining
Hands as a Business Administrative Apprentice. The best thing about working with Joining
Hands has been being able to add to the good work that they’re already doing, making
them aware of apprenticeship schemes that are available, Government funding and just
being able to work with a Social Enterprise that is already doing so much good in the
area with various different projects that they have running at the moment.
Since I came to Communitech, I’ve mainly been learning IT repairs. The best part of
being employed is that I now have the money to go out and enjoy myself.
The most positive aspect is actually when someone hasn’t been able to find employment
and the look on their face when they come in and tell you that they have found employment.
My RBLI consultants are amazing, all are awesome. The benefits of being employed are
that I have a purpose in life and working here, at Joining Hands, I’ve got new friends
and colleagues. These schemes are fantastic because they’re
allow young people to get their potential and find employment and without the schemes
they would probably still be unemployed today.