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#InternationalMensDay: Prospects helps ex-soldier gain vital training

16 November 2016

#InternationalMensDay: Prospects helps ex-soldier gain vital training
This Saturday (19 November) is International Men’s Day, which highlights issues facing men including mental health problems, the need for positive male role models and encouraging them to consider careers that currently recruit low levels of men. Prospects supports boys and men of all ages to overcome their personal barriers and take steps towards work. This includes Sam*, an ex-soldier colleagues delivering the National Careers Service in the South West helped.

Prospects is the prime provider of the National Careers Service in London, the South West, the West Midlands and in South Yorkshire, as part of the Careers Yorkshire and the Humber Consortium. Prospects uses qualified careers advisers to provide impartial careers information, advice and guidance to jobseekers, and those in work aged 18 plus. 

After leaving the British Army, Sam worked as a part time agency driver while receiving Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). Sam wanted to work fulltime, but felt he was missing job opportunities because his HIAB certificate had expired (which licenses people to use lorry mounted cranes). He struggled to find a free course to be recertified.

Sam visited a National Careers Service office and organised three meetings to discuss his career issues with a Prospects adviser. The adviser suggested Sam should contact armed forces charities for help. Sam followed this advice and the SSAFA arranged funding for his HIAB course, so he could book a local course straightaway.

Once Sam has completed the course he hopes to get more agency work, and stop receiving benefits. 

Sam said: “If I had not contacted the National Careers Service this would not have happened, and I would have given up trying to get funding.”

He added: “I have had a real boost to my confidence, and finally feel like I am starting to turn a corner.”

For more on how Prospects is helping to get the South West working click here.

*Not his real name.


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