Pete* was bullied in his last job as a warehouse picker. As a consequence, he lost confidence in his own abilities and was out of work for three years, joining the Work Programme in 2014. Pete has Asperger’s Syndrome leading to communication barriers and anger issues. Pete, 49, lives and supports his elderly father who is 89.
What Prospects did
Pete joined the Work Programme in November 2014. His lack of confidence and anger issues left him feeling stressed. After a few months Pete’s frustrations led to violent behaviour towards JobCentre and Prospects staff. The police were called and the Prospects office was temporarily closed. However, colleagues at Prospects could see that Pete needed ongoing support if he was to overcome his barriers, so continued to provide help, first in the JobCentre where there was a security presence and then, as Pete progressed, in local cafes.
Gradually Pete was able to re-integrate and started to attend the Prospects offices for meetings, one-to-one sessions with a personal adviser and group activities. Pete worked closely with Prospects advisers Nigel and Helen, who helped him understand how he would be better off in work and mentored him. With their help Pete started to create a CV, write a covering letter, complete online job searches and undertake interviews.
In Spring 2016, Prospects arranged a volunteering fair, Spring Forward, giving community organisations seeking volunteers or members an opportunity to meet jobseekers, who would benefit from gaining new skills and building new social networks. Pete attended the event, on his own. He spoke to people he did not know at the event, pushing himself out of his comfort zone. This challenged Pete but resulted in improved confidence.
Throughout the coaching and learning sessions Nigel and Helen explored ways Pete could increase his self esteem and confidence through goal setting and recognising achievements. Before joining Prospects Pete felt he had little purpose in life, to overcome this he was encouraged to volunteer and started working with the British Heart Foundation in their warehouse. Not only did this give Pete up-to-date work experience he found it gave him a confidence boost.
Outcomes and results
In June 2016 Pete was offered full time work in a warehouse. He is due to complete his forklift driving licence and is moving his life forward.
Pete says: “Prospects helped me to have faith in myself when I was feeling like giving up. Seeing Nigel and Helen helped me to keep going. I was in a very dark place two years ago, now I am in full time employment. Workplace bullying destroyed my confidence but the Work Programme turned my life around. My world has changed.”
* Not his real name