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.
“I want to use my success to challenge the stereotypes that some people have. I had the right support from Ingeus and I just kept on applying for the vacancies that they suggested. I am just so thrilled, I can hardly believe that I’m a pastry chef at The Ivy Spinningfields. They know about my diagnosis and it makes no difference to them or my other work colleagues. That’s how it should be. It’s always important to maintain your confidence and aim high.”
A pilot project between Ingeus and APCOA Parking, an international company with an operating base in Wigan, is creating work opportunities for local jobseekers.
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.
You can join the Working Well (Work and Health Programme) by speaking to your JCP Work Coach at your next appointment.