Martin’s case worker met him whilst working in Speke Library in Liverpool. He had recently lost a well-paid job due to his criminal record. Catch22 worked with him to look at his main career goals – as he said he was keen on electrical installation and was working towards a related qualification at night classes at a local college.
Together with Catch22, Martin was supported to explore apprenticeships and various electrician mate roles. His case worker supported him to adapt his CV to focus on the skills he held and looked at the hidden job market, researching local employers and discussing how to carry out speculative applications.
Martin soon felt confident enough to approach a local electrical company with his new CV. They were not actively looking for staff but the site manager was keen to have a chat. Around a week later, Martin called Catch22 to say he’d been offered a role, could continue his training alongside this at night school, and that the employer would accommodate his childcare needs.
After finding work, Martin said:
“Thank you for all the help and support you’ve given me finding work again.
“I felt very low but you picked my mood up and it felt like only a matter of time before I would finally get a placement. You helped me out more than you know.”