Changing Lives: Helping Jeff to get a job

20130315_110356Changing lives is at the heart of our organisation. It’s what all our projects work towards and what motivates Groundwork staff and volunteers. Here’s a recent example of someone we’ve helped who has successfully turned his life around. Ex-offender, Jeff, secured full-time work with help from our Employability Skills and Vocational Training teams. Here’s Jeff’s story:

After serving a long sentence in prison I was apprehensive about being released and was worried about what the future had in store for me. I had tried to get help from people inside with regards to getting a job but I just felt like I was not getting any support. I managed to find a place to live with my family but knew that I needed to get a job or there was a good chance I might end up back in jail.

Groundwork have been fantastic, without their support I wouldn’t have gained my CSCS card which I needed for a training course operating and signalling cranes. I also got some extra help from the trainers on the Employability Skills course who helped me re-word my C.V. and application forms and gave me encouragement and motivation.

I have managed to get an interview and I am pleased to say that I have just passed my crane certificate. I had a telephone interview this morning and I start work on Monday. I am very pleased with all the help I got from Groundwork and the interview techniques I got from Ian and Will. I am going to concentrate on my training as I was told not to get complacent and to continue to invest in training so I can stay in work.

To find out more about our free Employability Skills courses contact course leader, Janet Ratchford, on 0161 654 4390 or email


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