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New job scheme gets dozens back to work

By Donna Deeney

A new government programme is delivering for the long-term unemployed in the north west, according to the latest figures.

The Strive 2 Work scheme secured permanent positions for 61 people who took part in an intensive three-week programme.

Based on an American employability programme that has worked there successfully for more than 25 years, it consists of an intensive course, helping those actively seeking work to develop their skill set, followed by a 23-week placement with a company.

Leeanne Doherty from Strive 2 Work explains the secret of success behind the programme, saying: “During the initial training element, participants are taught a range of employability skills.

“The programme instills positive behaviour patterns for the workplace such as punctuality, productivity, motivation, initiative and loyalty, so that participants have a clear understanding of what will be expected of them by employers.

“There is no upper age limit on who can take part in the programme but it is for people over the age of 18.

“Any one who does take part goes through an almost remarkable change for the better. Their self esteem and confidence is boosted enormously.

“The real key of the success of the programme is the relationship we have built up over this past year with local employers.

“They have come to realise that any prospective employee that has taken part in the Strive 2 Work programme will be capable, reliable and able to do the work expected of them.”

Daniel Campbell is one example of someone who participated in the programme which is supported by DEL. He has secured a job with Maydown Precision Engineering.

He said: “I had found it very difficult to get a job, I applied for so many jobs, I’ve lost count.

“After completing the programme, the Strive team organised a placement with Maydown Precision Engineering and although there were no long-term guarantees, the company was impressed with my performance and have offered me a permanent job.”

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