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11 April 2019

Getting back into work with WorkWise

Last year we ran a WorkWise pilot for customers in affordable and social housing across Nottinghamshire, which aimed to get them back in work.

To see how the pilot was progressing we spoke to Cyfen who was successful in gaining a job at NCHA with the help of the scheme.

Tell us a bit about yourselves…

Cyfen: I was told about the WorkWise scheme and put in contact with Dan Atyes, Tenant Involvement and Resident Scrutiny Panel Officer, who asked me what type of work I was interested in.
I’ve been a tenant at Sherwood Rise for the last 7 years and have now been working with NCHA for about 5 months as a mental health support worker.

How has WorkWise helped?

Cyfen: I was told about the WorkWise scheme and put in contact with Dan who asked me what type of work I was interested in. Dan told me my options and I told him I fancied doing care work. He then helped me develop a CV, fill in application forms and practice for the interview. My shirt and tie were also funded for my first interview. In April I gained my Level 1 Certificate in First Aid, which was arranged through WorkWise, who booked my place on the course and organised my transport.

How are you finding your new job so far?

Cyfen: My manager, Dawn has been fantastic, I’m dyslexic and she’s really helped me to deal with this and given me tips as I have to work on a computer. So far the help has carried on through my time at NCHA and I’m really enjoying it.

What’s your long-term goal?

Cyfen: My long-term goal is to stay at NCHA in a job I’m happy in, something I can call a career.