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Posted by Emma on 14/08/13

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On Monday,  a fresh intake of 13 people started at The William Wilberforce Trust’s Employability and Enterprise Project.  They will spend the next 16 weeks gaining work experience within the furniture re-use social enterprise, learning how to deal with customers, make sales and carry out furniture deliveries and collections. They will also receive job-readiness training, including learning about customer service, money management and CV writing and interviewing skills.  Like David* below, all 13 of our new intake are motivated to turn their lives around and get back into employment.

David joined the project having struggled with alcohol and drug addiction for over 10 years. Due to his addictions, David had been homeless for 12 years, and had served a prison sentence for drug related offences. He felt worthless and thought nobody would employ him with a criminal record.

Through the Employability Programme, David gained great work experience, rebuilt his self esteem and discovered hope for the future. David became a valuable member of the furniture warehouse team, often being crowned ‘salesman of the day’!

Supported by a mentor, David developed new skills and set himself goals. Since leaving the Employability Programme, he has successfully taken on a new role as a Customer Sales Agent and is excelling in the position.  His line manager says: “David is a star and it’s lovely to see someone develop and embrace new tasks in their stride. He was the right candidate for the job, is an excellent team member, I’m so pleased with him. His contribution to us as an employee has made a difference already.”

Just by being given the opportunity, David has been able to re build his life, gain employment and put his past behind him.

For more information about The William Wilberforce Trust’s Employability and Enterprise Project, please click here

*David’s real name has not been used to protect his privacy

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