Getting job ready
Dan came to the WEA through a Building Better Opportunities arts and crafts adult learning engagement project supporting adults with mental health issues.
He really engaged with the art group, enjoying the activities and made a lot of progress during his time on the course.
But then, he stopped attending as sadly, Dan’s depression had returned and he found coming along to the project too much.
The team kept in touch with him, just to let him know that there was support if he needed it and he reconnected with the team when he was ready – confident in knowing support was still there for him. Dan was about to be moved on from Employment Seeker’s Allowance to Job Seeker’s Allowance and looked once again to the WEA to help him get ready to apply for jobs.
Dan had his heart set on one particular job: an apprenticeship. Securing this role would enable him to help young people struggling with mental health issues in his community, in the same way that he had been supported. Over a series of one to one meetings funded by the BBO project, we helped Dan to apply for his dream job and prepare for the interview.
This year, Dan got his dream apprenticeship.
Dan is just one of thousands of students we have helped to gain employment and a shining example of the importance of employability skills and coaching.