In June 2017, Adam from Billingham was unemployed and finding it difficult to gain employment. He decided to attend the Five Lamps Ready to Work clubs which were held at Five Lamps, Dovecot Street. The aim of the clubs which are held over a period of six sessions are; to provide unemployed people within Stockton on Tees with a place to meet, exchange skills, share experiences, and opportunities, make contacts and get support to help them into employment.
Each session was focused on a different topic such as; self-employment, volunteering, debt management, help with CV’s and interview techniques. Concluding with a visit to the Hitachi Rail Factory in Newton Aycliffe.
Over the six sessions Adam received one to one help with Five Lamps Employment Coach, Miles Keith, who helped Adam any way he could. Miles said; “From day one Adam seemed a very knowledgeable and capable individual who had already experienced a number of di ering skills.”
A er leaving college he had sampled life as a trainee welder and worked in a Butcher shop but all on short term contracts. Following an internet job hunt session at Five Lamps he was made aware of a possible job opportunity at a major fast food organisation.
Adam completed an application to McDonalds Restaurant and was invited to attend an interview. With the skills received from the Ready to Work club sessions, he impressed all parties concerned and this resulted in an o er of full time employment!
Adam said; “I have been unemployed since June 2016 and always felt the need to be nancially secure. As a result of the course, my con dence has increased and I’d like to thank TransPennine Express and Five Lamps for assisting my move forward.”
In May 2017, Five Lamps received a donation from TransPennine Express for £5000 to deliver Ready to clubs to unemployed young people aged 16-25 years old.