Ranjit had worked at Jaguar Land Rover for over 30 years when he was made redundant. Because he had worked on an assembly line for many years he didn’t have skills in other areas.
Ranjit used his redundancy money to open a pub but that was just as the recession started. Costs were high and less and less people were going out to the pub so he decided to close the business.
After five years of being unemployed Ranjit decided to do some courses that would make him more appealing to employers. Ranjit signed up the key worker service so that he could get some support with CV building, training and looking for work.
He also volunteered with the Cardio Rehab Volunteers. Whilst volunteering Ranjit did training with Gateway Family Services in Equality and Diversity, Lone Working, Boundaries and Confidentiality and Understanding Health Improvement.
Because Ranjit knew that he had limited experience and skills he decided to attend the Employability and Personal Development course delivered by Gateway Family Services.
Ranjit needed to gain confidence using computers and the internet so he comes to Gateway Family Services to use the computers so that he can check his email and search for jobs on the internet.
Ranjit said that Gateway gives him a reason to come out of the house and still enjoy life while looking for work.
*Names have been changed.