After becoming a dad, Jack was determined to find work so he could secure a future for his family.
Jack was introduced to the ILM Access to Work programme by his JobCentre Work Coach. The ILM Access to Work programme, delivered by Torus Foundation, pairs up young people searching for work with local organisations in the Liverpool City Region for 6-month paid placements.
Jack’s application for a paid placement with Create UK as a Warehousing, Logistics and Recycling Worker was successful. The role allowed him to gain experience while on the job, but more importantly, he could get a foot in the door of a growing company.
“I was keen to train how to drive a HGV and enhance my career prospects, but as a new dad there was no way I could have afforded the training myself.”
Jack’s HGV licence and training was jointly funded by Torus Foundation, Create UK and Liverpool in Work, whose team worked closely with the Foundation to fulfill Jack’s development needs.
At the end of his 6-month paid placement, Jack was excited to be offered full-time employment with Create UK where he was able to make the most of his new HGV licence. But the job wasn’t the only thing Jack gained from his placement – the support from his ILM mentor gave Jack’s confidence a much-needed boost.
“The ILM programme was not just about gaining employment for me. The funding I received allowed me to complete training and gain a qualification which will support me in my future career. This opportunity has set me up for life – I feel in a much better position now as I know I have a lot to offer employers. It has opened up so many doors for me, having a job has enabled me to buy a house and provide for my family”.
Greg, Create UK’s Operations Director said,
“Jack’s placement during that six months also helped Create to meet our social and environmental aims and we’re grateful for the Foundation’s contiued partnership in working with us for such ILM placements. Once Jack completed his ‘C’ licence, we were delighted to be able to offer him full time paid employment and I’m pleased to say he’s still part of our team and we wish him continued success in his future.”
Claire, Employment Advisor at Torus Foundation comments,
“The ILM Programme enables us to work with young people and help those like Jack reach their full potential.”
This programme is just one element of the employment and training support Torus Foundation provides for Torus tenants and those living in our communities.
During Coronavirus, the support from Torus Foundation continues. If, like Jack, you want to begin your career, are aged between 16 and 29 and live in the Liverpool City Region, please get in touch:
T: 0300 123 5809
Find out more about the ILM Access to Work programme.
Providing supported work placements for City Region residents facing barriers to employment. It is part funded by the European Social Fund and the Youth Employment Initiative.