Simon was referred to the project in January 2020 by Crawley Council. He had found himself out of work after being made redundant and he had to move out of his house due to a relationship breakdown. As such, Simon was sofa-surfing with a friend and seeing his son at weekends. He turned 60 in March and felt that age was his biggest barrier in finding employment. He was also suffering from depression due to his personal circumstances. Simon was highly motivated to find work as he had always worked previously. His career had been mainly working in the building trade and his last job was as a maintenance manager at a hotel.
Through the project, Simon loaned a laptop so that he could job-search at home as he was struggling using just his mobile phone. He knew how to apply for work and what to look for, and he was successful in gaining quite a few interviews. However, he always seemed to lose out at the last hurdle, something which he attributed to his age and a lack of formal qualifications. Although Simon had plenty of experience, he did not have a CSCS card which is now needed to work on construction sites. Simon was also struggling, like many others, because of lockdown. He was supported to access the local foodbank to help him out during this time.
As construction sites weren’t open during lockdown, Simon applied for some jobs in supermarkets who were hiring but he didn’t hear back. He decided to use the down-time to complete his CSCS course. The project paid for this and he was able to complete the course online which he passed successfully. He then had to pass a CITB test which he was able to complete at a test centre. He scored 98%, proving he clearly knew his stuff! Having passed the exam, he was now able to apply for his CSCS card which the project also paid for.
Now having the qualifications as well as the experience, Simon had an interview for a maintenance position in Crawley. Finally, his hard work paid off and he was offered the job! He needed to get two buses to get to work so the project paid for a month’s bus pass until he got his first month’s salary.
Unfortunately, after three weeks, Simon was laid off as he was no longer required. This was yet another setback for him. However, he remained positive and was soon offered another long-term job in a similar position. Simon now feels ready to be exited from the project and said “I don’t think I’d be here now without Pathway to Employment. I’ve got nothing but praise for them, it’s been brilliant.” Simon has been a pleasure to work with and we wish him every success in the future.