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Voluntary work key for Andrew's success

A Truro man who was out of work for four years has thanked the experts who helped him back onto the payroll.
 
Andrew Marshall, 24, says the support from employability provider Working Links and undertaking voluntary work was the key to his success.
 
Andrew has mild learning difficulties and is a carer for his younger brother. After struggling to find work, he was referred by Jobcentre Plus to the Work Programme, which Working Links delivers in the south west.
 
Personal consultant Sharon Stoneman, health and wellbeing facilitator Tammy Stone and tutor Vanessa Goodwright worked closely with Andrew to develop his skills and find suitable opportunities for him to apply for.
 
He attended more than 25 health and wellbeing workshops, designed to build his confidence and improve his interview techniques among other things. Through tailored support, Andrew was helped to produce a new CV and undergo some voluntary work experience to fill gaps on there.
 
And after gaining work experience in both retail and hospitality, Andrew was found a suitable paid opportunity at a local hotel and is now working there as a kitchen porter.
 
He said: “My life was not good being out of work but I enjoyed the volunteering and the support I got from Working Links. Sharon and Tammy supported me a lot during my time with them.
 
“It was quite hard to find work. It was hard to apply and then hear nothing back.
 
“My new job is great. It’s hard but it’s great earning money now.”
 
Sharon said: “If anyone deserves a job, it certainly is this young man. It was such a pleasure to work with Andrew and everybody liked him. The smile on his face said it all really, he was grinning from ear to ear when he signed off his benefits and even the guys at Truro job centre cheered for him in celebration.”
 
To find out more about how Working Links helps communities, call 0800 917 9262 or contact us.

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