Re:vision, the charity subsidiary division of Reallies Partner Procure Plus, supports local people into employment by working with community groups, job clubs, social enterprises and other similar organisations that actively engage with their local communities. Re:vision also provides grant funding for employability activities and training for front-line staff to improve their employability services.
In order to be on a Reallies framework, local contractors who are working to improve or build local housing, are required to employ and train local people. Re:vision oversees this activity, ensuring that contractors create meaningful positions, often apprenticeships, and that these are made available to candidates engaged with local community groups supported by Re:vision.
In West Lancashire, Re:vision worked with the local contractor working on improving council housing stock to create an apprenticeship position for a maintenance operative. Re:vision had been working with various groups in the local area who were informed of this position, and Joe was referred. Although he had had a few jobs since leaving school, Joe suffered from anxiety following the loss of his dad at a young age, and this had prevented him from being able to sustain his employment.
The Re:vision team met Joe and provided him with the opportunity to have a mock interview to help prepare him for meeting the contractor. Re:vision provided Joe, and his job coach, with constructive feedback to ensure he was fully prepared for the next stage. Crucially, Re:vision was also able to ensure that the contractor was aware of Joe’s anxiety, and measures could be put in place (including access to training for contractor staff) so that the employment environment would be positive for Joe. After two interviews and a week’s work trial Joe was successful in securing the position.
Joe is now in his 8th week working as an Apprentice Maintenance Operative based in West Lancashire. During this time Re:vision have provided Joe with his own tool kit, suitable clothing for work and more importantly regular “catch ups” to ensure that any issues or additional support required was addressed quickly and effectively.
Unfortunately, Joe required this support when, in his fourth week at work, Joe received further devastating news that his Uncle had passed away. Joe explained that although this was a step backwards for him, he realised that he was now able to deal with tragedy in a very different way than he had previously and was able to control the anxiety unlike before. He realised he was able to cope better in stressful situations because of the position he is in now.
Joe explained that being in a job that he enjoys has also had a massive impact on his personal life as well and quoted his Mum who said: “I like new the Joe”.
Joe explained that without Re:vision and the support received he feels he would still be on a downward spiral. He couldn’t afford PPE or the correct tools for his job and Re:vision supplied this for him. Along with both the financial and personal support Joe is now really looking forward to starting his college course in September 2018 and planning for his future.
Joe said: “I want to get as much out of the opportunity as I possibly can, I’m now looking to start my driving lessons, and I am now able to pay some of my debts and can look forward to the future, I feel as if I’ve had a new lease of life .”