MICHAEL Summers from Castle Bromwich in Solihull is celebrating after landing his first full-time job at the age of 21 with the help of the Government’s Future Jobs Fund.
Michael said “This job has given me my confidence back and a feeling of self worth. I am gaining valuable work experience to add to my CV and I’m enjoying the responsibility my job gives me, something I never thought would be possible.”
Michael suffered from mental health issues since a teenager and had been unemployed since leaving school. With help from the Disability Employment Adviser at Chelmsley Wood Jobcentre, Michael was put forward for a job opportunity at BITA Pathways (Mental Health Charity). He was successful and is now working as a Centre Administrator at Textiles by St Anne’s a social firm within BITA Pathways. The Future Jobs Fund has enabled Textiles by St Anne’s to recruit staff to cope with the growing demand from retailers for their products.
Pat Bend, sales manager of Textiles at BITA Pathways said: “I immediately saw Michael’s potential and Future Jobs Fund will give him the opportunity to get training and real work experience.”
The Future Jobs Fund opportunities were created after St Paul’s Community Development Trust successfully won FJF funding to create 100 new jobs in the Birmingham area for young unemployed people.
Future Jobs Fund is providing up to £1bn to create 100,000 employment opportunities across the country for eligible jobseekers.
Work and Pensions Secretary Yvette Cooper said: “I am pleased that BITA Pathways has joined us in Backing Young Britain and has given Michael the chance of a job. The Government is guaranteeing every young person a job, training or work experience after 6 months unemployment.”