A rec firm has been praised after finding employment for a jobseeker who hadn’t worked in 37 years – despite a history of addiction and lack of qualifications.
The Glasgow Evening Times (GET) reports that Ingeus, who offer recruitment and employment services, helped Isobel Reid find her first work in decades - as a cleaner for Mitie Clean Environments.
Reid explained how the Glasgow-based recruiter bouyed her with “self-belief and motivation” allowing her to overcome serious problems and get back into work.
She told the GET: “I really thought my working days were over. I was a bag of nerves to begin with, unable to travel on public transport or take part in the Ingeus group sessions.
“Ingeus doesn’t push you to do anything you don’t want to but gives you the self-belief and motivation to take small steps. Slowly my nerves settled and I really benefitted from hearing the experiences of other Ingeus clients.”
Reid had previously battled alcoholism and mental health problems as well as having to contend with serious back pain yet she claims the job has helped her turn around her life.
She added: “I’ve learnt not to make excuses for myself. I got help, got a job, and it’s changed my life. When I heard I had got the job, I was walking on air.
“I am so much more outgoing now and hope that my experiences can help others in similar situations.”
Anthony Philip, Ingeus’ Employer Partnership Co-ordinator, concluded: “The employers and partners that Ingeus works with realise that there are talented, work-ready people out there who just need to be given a chance.”
With the current UK skills gap estimated to be costing the UK economy £2billion-a-year, more recruiters could follow Ingeus’ lead to help their clients find willing candidates who just need a chance.