A pilot project between Ingeus and APCOA Parking, an international company with an operating base in Wigan, is creating work opportunities for local jobseekers.
Ingeus’ Working Well (Work and Health Programme) in Greater Manchester provides tailored support to individuals with disabilities and health conditions who are seeking employment.
The project generated a job opportunity for Ingeus participant John Gaskell who is delighted to be working as an administration assistant – his first paid role since being made redundant two years ago from his work at a large retail store.
“Our company has not worked with Ingeus before,” said Kevin Sumner-Hindley, Contract Manager in Wigan with APCOA Parking. “Engagement with the programme has been very professional and we have received all the advice we needed to be able to offer a job to John.”
Kevin Irvine, a wheelchair user from Wigan, tried to find work for five years and sent more than 500 application letters in just seven months.
Elizabeth Andrew from Stockport is blind in one eye and is managing deteriorating hearing. Although Elizabeth’s approach to life has always been to build on her strengths she struggled to find work.
Rebecca Jackson, 19, from Heywood in Rochdale who has Asperger syndrome was unemployed for more than a year before getting support to move into work and to further improve her social interaction, interview skills and self-confidence.
You can join the Working Well (Work and Health Programme) by speaking to your JCP Work Coach at your next appointment.