After spending a year working on short-term agency contracts, Nottingham City Homes resident Steven was keen to secure a permanent role and better prospects.
Steven said: “I attended a number of training courses and had done voluntary work to gain experience, but I was at a point where I really wanted some job security. I got in touch with Nottingham Jobs and they helped me get a place on an employment support session that Nottingham City Homes was running. The course was being run to help recruit apprentices for Nottingham City Council. One of the areas needing apprentices was the catering department, and that was of interest to me so I went along.”
Following the session, John Blankley at Nottingham jobs supported Steven throughout the whole process – from his application through to preparation for an assessment day. The result was that Steven secured an apprenticeship in the catering department at Nottingham City Council.
Steven said: “I’m so pleased as it means I not only have a secure job with a great organisation, but I’m also gaining a qualification.”
The Next Steps project is a partnership between Nottingham City Homes and Nottingham Jobs. It has been developed to help Nottingham City Homes residents find employment or training opportunities, and is aimed at residents who are looking to get back in to work or who want to gain training or work experience which will increase their chances of securing a job.
Jo Miller, Employability Manager at Nottingham City Homes said: “Next Steps is a fairly new project and already we’ve managed to support a number of residents like Steven in to work or training. It is really important for us to be able to offer this service, and I’d encourage any Nottingham City Homes residents who want to find out more to get in touch."