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Case Study: Evolve Participant Shows Power of Positive Mindset

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Stephen joined Evolve after being referred to the Burton Albion Community Trust (BACT) in March 2020, shortly after the first national lockdown came into effect.

Being over 55, Stephen had expressed concerns about finding suitable employment opportunities, with his age being considered a barrier to work. This being despite the fact that he is in a good health and has no reported medical issues.

Upon joining the Evolve Project, he mentioned his love for gardening and interest in warehouse job opportunities as the most suitable options for him. However, his lack of knowledge and experience in using IT systems, as well as online application forms proved to be a real obstacle for him.

With the assistance of BACT’s dedicated team of Project Officers, Stephen learned how to successfully complete online job applications, which saw him grow in confidence and enthusiasm. Never one to shy away from a challenge, Stephen set himself the goal to find a suitable employment by the end of 2020, and was signposted to G.I. Group where he received ongoing support and encouragement.

“The one-to-one meetings and remote telephone support helped me to move into work and the team answered any queries or concerns that I had.”

Within only two days, he had been contacted regarding a vacancy opening at Hobbycraft Warehouse and was invited to attend a practical assessment. Contacting him in January, we were delighted to learn that he was successful at interview, and is now in employment and thoroughly enjoying his new role!

Burton Albion Community Trust is one of 10 Delivery Partner on BBO Evolve, an employment outreach project managed by Steps To Work and funded by the European Social Fund and National Lottery Community Fund. Established in 2010, BACT is the charitable arm of Burton Albion Football Club and aims to make a difference to the lives of those living in the local community.

For more information, and to discover how we can support your journey to work, please visit www.stepstowork.co.uk/evolve.