Unemployed Redcar man helped back into the world of work after 13 years

Left- right: John Collins, Wearmouth Construction Contracts Manager, Trish Bowker, from Suretrax, James Osborne, from Avanta, Emma Tooth, from Coast & Country and Neil Simmons (front)

Left- right: John Collins, Wearmouth Construction Contracts Manager, Trish Bowker, from Suretrax, James Osborne, from Avanta, Emma Tooth, from Coast & Country and Neil Simmons (front)

First published in News
Last updated
Darlington and Stockton Times: Photograph of the Author by

A MAN who was unemployed for 13 years has been helped back into the work place thanks to the support of a housing association.

Neil Simmons had spent years looking for work but has now started a training work placement with a view to securing a permanent job.

The 46-year-old, who lives with his partner and three children in a Coast and Country property in Redcar, is working as a ground worker at Wearmouth Construction, organised through the housing association’s ‘Forging Futures’ programme.

He said: “Being out of work and applying for jobs without receiving feedback from employers is disheartening and can seriously sap your confidence. I am really grateful to ‘Forging Futures’ as it has given me the chance to prove myself and show an employer what I am capable of.

“The work placement is building up my experience and self-confidence, which should stand me in good stead when seeking permanent employment.”

The company launched its ‘Forging Futures’ project in collaboration with partner agencies earlier this year and Mr Simmons’ placement is the first external work organised through the scheme.

Iain Sim, Coast & Country Chief Executive, said: “A significant element of ‘Forging Futures’ is providing meaningful, paid work placements to further enhance people’s confidence and equip them with the practical experience needed to help them get back into employment.”

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree