Christopher Millward had been unemployed for nearly 9 years, after being made redundant from his last job with Brinton’s Carpets back in 2008. For almost two years, Chris has been a regular face with the employment team at Vestia, having completed most of our programmes including the employability course and attending weekly jobs club. In November 2016 Chris was identified for the Building Better Opportunities programme.
Chris had barriers to work such as long term unemployment and very little confidence approaching employers. Chris also struggled to do his own job search, due having low level computer skills and he has health conditions which meant he was unable to work indoors or around fumes in factory type roles, which was where most of he spent his working life. Chris needed to find another career that was local, and could accommodate all of his needs and provide full training.
During a jobs club session Chris and his BBO Job Coach Kirsty heard that the Safari Park was looking for seasonal workers. Chris attended their open day and met with all the managers of the park who took a liking to Chris and invited him on to the pre-employment training programme, where he undertook two weeks of full time unpaid training.
Chris showed his full commitment to the training, making a great impression to the trainers, who recommended him to the recruitment team for an interview. Chris was still unsure whether he stood a chance of gaining employment, however, gave the interview his best and subsequently he was offered a part time position as a Theme Park Operative and general assistant.