Michael joined the Specialist Employability Support programme (SES) in May 2017 after being unemployed for some time. He was beginning to doubt if he'd ever find work again and his confidence was really low. He'd heard about the SES Programme through his local Job Centre and decided he had nothing to lose.
From the very first session, Michael was committed to the programme, working with our support staff to determine his own pathway to a brighter future. Within a few months, he secured his first part-time role as a shop cleaner at the Golden Square Shopping Centre in Warrington. Not content with having one part-time job, Michael volunteered for other spare shifts and quickly made a name for himself; not only within the cleaning company he worked for, but within Golden Square itself.
Michael's cheery disposition and tireless work ethic soon began to pay dividends and he was offered a full-time position working for the Golden Square Facilities Management company, Interserve. He was responsible for keeping the shopping centre walkways clean and safe for customers to use; and at the same time, passing on his enthusiasm and joy to a wider audience. Michael has now been at the Golden Square for over 6 months and his Manager, Claudio Inzani is delighted with Michael’s work ethic and how he has proved to be an excellent team player.
Michael has come on leaps and bounds, he’s picking up the cleaning routines nicely and he’s a valued member of our team. We couldn’t be happier.
Michael really enjoys his work and cycles 16 miles a day to get to the Golden Square. His commitment is second to none and he’s always punctual and his confidence has grown so much due to the SES Programme.
I’m so thankful that I was put forward to work with Groundwork on the SES Programme. They've helped me in many ways and nothing has been too much trouble for them. I love my job and should I have any problems, there’s always someone at Groundwork who’ll listen to my concerns and continue to support me in any way they can.”
Michael’s 12 month support on the Specialist Employability Support Programme is coming to an end now. However, both he and the staff at Groundwork will continue to have contact with each other. He leaves the programme with our very best wishes and we're proud of the huge progress he has made.
The SES programme is currently open to individuals with a visual impairment and is overseen by The Royal National College for the Blind. Participants may need all the support they can get in gaining confidence and getting themselves in a position to be work ready.
Find out more about the Specialist Employability Support programme