Progress Futures - your stories
Jim, 55, had been unemployed for 24 years when he contacted Progress Futures for help. Formerly a support worker, Jim was forced to resign due to personal and health reasons. With the support of Progress Futures, Jim, who lives in Kirkham, is now back in full-time employment.
“When I met Jacky, the Progress Futures’ Manager, she really listened to what I wanted to do and what had stopped me from getting back into work in the past. She sat down with me and looked over my CV; she really put me at ease. Jacky helped me apply for a couple of jobs and she also helped me take my minibus licence to help improve my skills.
Working again is giving me something money can’t buy; it gives me confidence, self-esteem and self-worth Jim
"When I got my first interview Jacky really supported me. She met with me to go over my interview technique and even came with me to the interview as it had been over 20 years since I had had a job interview and I was a little nervous.
“When I found out that I had got the job as the General Maintenance Operative I was made up. It was perfect for me really as I wasn’t stuck behind a desk all day and I would be meeting new people.
“I would recommend Progress Futures to anyone after the way they have been able to help me. People kept trying to tell me not to go back to work, that it would be a waste of time but working again is giving me something money can’t buy; it gives me confidence, self-esteem and self-worth.”