Simon's Case Study 

Simon came to First Choice Homes for an 8 week work experience placement, hoping to enhance his employability and gain some new skills in the housing sector. Having previously gained a Degree in Environmental Health he struggled with his own health and was diagnosed as having Bi polar in 2003. This had a massive impact on his confidence in the work place and although having held some interesting positions previously, more recently he struggled to gain success at the interview stage.

Simon joined our Neighbourhoods team supporting with administration and general office duties. This provided him opportunity to shadow our officers in the community  increasing his experience and also his confidence.

This is what Simon had to say about his time with FCHO,

"The placement has given me back my self-confidence, self-respect and has given me the chance to demonstrate I am ready to work again. I felt very much part of the team straight away, gaining support and even help with looking for employment. I would recommend the opportunity to anyone that wants a helping hand to go back to work and also enhancing skills that you forget you have. I now positively look forward to my job search and have had an opportunity to apply for a position at First Choice Homes Oldham as well as many other organisations. I think that the reference as well will really help to making me stand out from the crowd!"

 Dawn, Sandra and Nicole's Story

Dawn applied for a placement and successfully gained an opportunity to provide admin support to our supported housing team. Having older children it was now time for Dawn to forge a new career and within days of completion of the placement the job offers came in and she accepted FCHO’s offer!

Sandra a FCHO customer initially enrolled on the employment service; after a referral she started an 8 week placement and to gain experience of working the UK.  With a family to consider it was a great opportunity for her to realise that she can work and still be a great Mum.  The role gave her experience with working in the community, evaluating the services we offer customers and only completed 5 weeks in her placement as she has now been offered a job!

Nicole was struggling to find her path in life not sure of which direction she wanted to take but knew she was looking for a career. Whilst on placement she was referred to the employment programme to update her CV with her new valuable skills in Customer Service and Administration. Although initially she found work with a local company, she was successful in an application with FCHO and accepted the role!

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