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Dynamic Duo get Worksmart

The Sydenhams are back in work – thanks to a little help from the Worksmart programme

Married couple Emma and Boyd were looking for work for various reasons and linked in with the Newground team at an open event at Accross in September.

Two months later, they were both starting new jobs!

Worksmart is an employability programme delivered through Newground CIC and funded through the RE:VISION charity supported by our partners Procure Plus.

Whilst at the open event Emma asked whether we could also help her husband who was also out of work.  It was apparent that Emma really wanted a chance of finding employment for herself and her husband Boyd.

Boyd had excellent employment history however was struggling to find the right roles and achieve interviews.

Within a few weeks we had exciting position come through to the team and we were able to put forward Boyd for the post.  He then went on to be successful in gaining a full time warehouse / driving position on a permanent contract.

Emma was also put forward for several roles and was recently successful in achieving a full time position in a customer service role; again this is a permanent contract.

This is an amazing result as Emma was very unsure whether she could return to work as her confidence was and self esteem were very low.

However, through support from the team at Newground and the use of My Work Search software Emma was able to build her confidence and realise that she did have lots of transferable skills that companies were looking for.

Adam Doyle, Community Employment Advisor, said: “The Newground team first met Emma in September. This means that within two months we have managed to secure employment for both Emma and her husband, meaning that they can look forward to a positive Christmas and a new start.


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I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and the staff for all you support during our employment search. I appreciate all the efforts you guys have made and I believe your support has assisted both myself and Boyd in gaining employment