Paul joined the WIRE Project in September 2019. He had been out of work for over 12 months and was looking for permanent employment. Paul had an interest in Engineering, having studied this subject at university a number of years ago, however his lack of work experience was proving to be a barrier when it came to applying for jobs.
Paul participated in one of our Employability Workshops, which has helped him to be more prepared for interviews and has given him more insight into job searching and how to succeed with job applications.
Paul was then matched with one of our member businesses, Terex Corporation. Terex Corporation is a global manufacturer of lifting and material processing products. Terex were really impressed with Paul when they interviewed him for an unpaid work placement. His knowledge about Engineering shone through, and he was given the opportunity to work on site to gain valuable experience within the manufacturing department.
Paul completed his work placement in October 2019. During the placement de-brief, Terex provided Paul with a glowing reference which outlined his hard work, commitment and professionalism. He was given guidance on what next steps he could take in order to get into the Engineering industry, and Paul said that he had thoroughly enjoyed the placement and felt it did wonders for his confidence, as well as gaining valuable skills and experience that would help him in the future.
The WIRE Project will continue to support Paul with his job search to enable him to find a role within Engineering. In the meantime, Paul will complete a CSCS course through the WIRE Project, with a view to broaden his skills and knowledge and ultimately make him more employable.
Paul was the first WIRE participant that Terex had taken on placement, so this was a huge success all round.
Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to gain work experience, and for all of your help and support throughout. Hopefully this will open up more options for me in the future.Paul, WIRE Project participant
To find out more about the WIRE Project and how to get involved, contact Rudi Parra-Watson, WIRE Project Development Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org.