ESF Partnership working to support adults

Alex Palin

European funding has enabled Careers Wales to provide additional support to inactive adults in Denbighshire, by going out and meeting them in the community.

Alex Palin, a Careers Wales Adviser has been out to Ruthin, Denbigh, Corwen and Llangollen offering careers advice to people over 19 who are unemployed, under threat of redundancy or wishing to return to the job market having been unavailable for work for various reasons.

This initiative has also enabled advisers like Alex to work closer with different agencies that provide other areas of support, such as Genesis, Women’s Aid, Citizens Advice, Voluntary Service and Jobcentre Plus.

Alex said, ‘Since the project began in April, networking has played an important part in achieving the best results for the individuals concerned’.

Recently, Alex met with Mary who was unable to find suitable employment but had been referred to Alex for careers advice by Genesis. They had been active in supporting Mary to overcome personal barriers and felt she was now ready to move on.

Alex discussed the options available to her including signing up for an Interview Skills Workshop, delivered by Careers Wales. This course really boosted Mary’s confidence. Alex helped her to produce a CV and complete an application form for a vacancy in a local shop.

Mary was successful with her application but after a further meeting with Alex, she revealed would also like to study part-time. More partnership working meant Alex then referred Mary to Denbigh College to discuss the part-time courses available. Through close liaison with the college and Genesis, Alex reports that Mary has moved on and is looking forward to her future.

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