The Foundation’s Age Of Opportunity Project is open to those aged 55 and over living within the Fylde area, and is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund and The European Social Fund. The project sees trained members of Foundation staff help participants gain access to courses, training and employment.
Dave Lean, a transformational coach at the Foundation, has recently helped another participant successfully find an access course and begin a new career path.
John, 56, was signposted to the Foundation by his work coach after being left unable to find employment when he was made redundant earlier this year. John had previously worked as an office clerk and decided to make a career change and begin work in the security sector.
John needed help with was his CV and interview skills, saying that “after having been in employment for so long, it is easy to forget the ‘basic’ skills needed to produce a good-quality CV and interview. Dave helped me regain the knowledge I needed to write a good CV, and the confidence to pass an interview.
“Dave was really welcoming and non-judgemental, he took the time and effort to work closely with me and understand my career goals as well as what I struggled with. It was very daunting to come out of employment and into redundancy, especially in these uncertain times and at my age, but Dave has been so helpful in making sure I can begin my new career path swiftly and not have to worry too much about money and being unemployed.”
After working alongside John to understand what barriers he faced to employment, Dave has been able to secure a spot for John on a Security Industry Authority course, meaning that John will gain the qualifications needed to work within the security sector.
If you would like to find out more about our Age Of Opportunity project, or any of our other employability services, please visit www.afcfyldefoundation.co.uk, email Chris.Mcnally@afcfylde.co.uk or call 01772 598 856.