Inspira helped Callum secure employment

After struggling for some time to find full-time employment Callum got in touch with Inspira and was referred to Employability Adviser, Karen Fullard.

“It’s fair to say Callum hasn’t had the easiest starts in life. Together we identified and discussed his barriers to work. It was quickly recognised that his lack of confidence and negative mindset were key factors preventing him from being successfully employed.”

– Karen Fullard, Inspira Employability Adviser.

Karen then referred Callum to Inspira’s new Ready for Work programme a four-day programme with an emphasis on building confidence; along with helping participants to develop and practice key workplace behaviours and qualities, such as:

  • Team working.
  • Planning.
  • Communication.
  • Leadership.
  • Working to common goals under pressure.
  • Responding positively to setbacks.

As the four days progressed Callum’s confidence grew. As well as leading, he was able to take instructions and advice from other participants to help them complete challenges as a team. Having observed Callum’s interaction with his peers, Ready for Work Progression Coach, Emma Shillito, took Callum aside and asked if he had ever considered work in the youth sector. Callum explained that working with young people and being in a job where he could positively influence other young people would be his dream. However, he felt this was unrealistic and out of reach to “someone like him”.

Meanwhile, Emma contacted Karen, to update her on his progress. After this conversation Karen managed to get Callum an interview for a role supporting young care leavers the very next day. Prior to attending the interview Emma worked with Callum to make sure he was mentally and practically ready for the interview. Then, off he went.

“I knew from the first time I met Callum that there was huge potential there. It was my job to draw that out and support him to be the best possible version of himself. It wasn’t always an easy journey but once he started to believe in himself, he took every opportunity to move forward not just into a job but a career.”

– Karen Fullard, Inspira Employability Adviser.

After the interview Karen and Callum debriefed at the office, dialling in Emma. Callum felt the interview went well and the employer would be contacting him soon to let him know if he’d been successful. Little did he know that he had made such an impression on the employer that they had already called Karen to say he had indeed been successful. Together they were able to give Callum the good news. He said that this would be life changing for him and his three young children and that he was so grateful for the collective support, advice and guidance he had received on Restart, on the Ready for Work programme and on National Careers.

Check out Callum’s reaction here:

He was particularly grateful of Karen because she saw something in him that nobody else had. He felt strongly that he couldn’t have achieved this outcome without her. Going forward Callum will be receiving in work support, and he has committed to supporting us to encourage other young people onto our Ready for Work programme in any way he can.

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