The Discover “E” project was developed by Pentra Services to assist disadvantaged people in finding suitable employment. This innovative approach has been designed to help candidates access the “hidden job market” using social media tools. The aim of the project is to move those taking part from unemployment into either further learning, part or full-time employment, voluntary positions where they can gain useful experience or self-employment.
Client background and ambitions
Client A was unemployed and actively seeking work. Based in a rural location and requiring public transportation, Client A had become increasingly despondent regarding finding employment and felt these limitations were affecting her chances of success.
The client’s aim was to secure herself a full-time position that took into consideration her limitations regarding travel restrictions.
Expert assistance from Pentra Services
Using one-to-one tutoring, Pentra Services worked intensively with Client A. Over the carefully crafted four-week programme, Client A learned a new selection of skills and different approaches to discovering employment opportunities, building up both confidence and self-esteem first, Client A’s tutor also assisted with more practical aspects, including making applications and interview techniques. Career plans were mapped out and strategies using the avenue of social media were engaged.
Working for a successful outcome
The programmes proved to have a highly beneficial impact on Client A. She felt her confidence was restored and this increased self-belief was bolstered by seeing possible employment options open to her. She commented on the project:
“It has helped my confidence and I feel less stressed out by the prospect of interviews, I am also now considering voluntary work options as a way of gaining employment”.
With bespoke support from Pentra Services, Client A was able to identify and apply for several job vacancies in her area. After completing the programme, Client A successfully found employment close to her home in at the One Stop Shop in Helsby, Cheshire.