Local unemployed youth make changes and future proof their careers

They never felt it was possible but local Coventry jobseekers Amy and Tracey have got jobs thanks to individualised work placements which built their skills and confidence according to Stephen Howe, manager of Sarina Russo Job Access Coventry.

Mr Howe said the right training, support and work experience ensures jobseekers like Amy and Tracey can enter the workforce with the right skills and attitude.

"We've seen amazing transformations in Amy and Tracey after they completed their 13 week work placement as part of the Community Task Force programme," Mr Howe said

The Community Task Force is a government initiative that helps young people aged 18-24 return to work. It guarantees a job, training or work based activity for all 18-24 year olds claiming Job Search Assistance for over 6 months.

Amy, 20, had never worked before and said "I felt like a key that didn't fit any locks".  The programme helped her open the door to long-term employment.

"I wanted a job to give me the freedom to do things like pursue hobby of owning a horse and not missing out on holidays with friends because I don't have any money.

"Sarina Russo Job Access helped so much in getting me a work placement in hospitality.  I really enjoyed it and learnt so much.  I was so excited to have an interview and then be offered a job in the Conference and Banqueting area of local 4-star hotel  The Royal Court.

Amy's employment advisor, Michelle Kent says you must listen to what these young people want for themselves.

"Many have decided enough is enough," she says. "It's a myth that long-term unemployed kids are not worth anything."

"These are good kids and all they need is someone to listen. They want to achieve something. It's just a matter of showing them you believe in them."

'We believe in them and we also believe in work experience that counts," Michelle said.

Tracey 23 , completed an Administration Placement at Foleshill Advice Centre.

"I feel good about myself. I learnt valuable skills during my work experience and Sarina Russo Job Access helped me put together a good looking resume and gave me tips on how to look for a job and how to act in an interview to impress employers," Tracey," said.

Tracey is now employed as a Call Handler for the Air Ambulance in Coventry and cried with happiness when she found out the news that she had got the job.

Tracey's employment advisor, Gary Olden said she came into the office and waited for me to be free to tell me the news that I had helped her change her life for the better.

Mr Howe said there are local job opportunities in the warehouse, care, retail and security sectors and Sarina Russo Job Access have recently placed customers in a diverse array of jobs at the University Hospital, Coventry Rugby Club, and the local Theatre and Art Centre.