An unemployed Huddersfield woman has finally ended a frustrating yea-long search for a job – thanks to the specialist support she has received from Work Programme provider Ingeus.
Darja Krjukova, of Newsome, spent 12 months looking intensively for work and – having notched up more than 260 unsuccessful job applications – she began to lose hope of ever earning a wage again.
However, the turning point came when she was referred to Ingeus for help.
Through the Work Programme, Ingeus supported Darja with her job-seeking, including showing her how to respond in interviews, searching effectively for vacancies and writing an impressive CV to catch the eye of prospective employers.
The coaching quickly worked and Darja has now joined the serving team at Caffe Venecia, a new coffee house that has opened on Market Street in Huddersfield.
Caffe Venecia is owned and managed by local entrepreneur Tony Singh, who lost his own job through ill-health and was unemployed for some time before launching his new venture with the support of the Business Enterprise Fund.
“My experience means I understand the many pressures on people who really want to work but just don’t get the breaks,” he said. “When Ingeus asked me if we could work together to fill the jobs I had just created here, I was really happy to accept.
“The result is that Darja has a job and already she’s proving to be a real asset to my business.”
Said Darja: “The past year has been really tough, both financially and on my confidence. I tried really hard to find work when I was made redundant from my previous job in retailing, but I just couldn’t understand where I was going wrong.
“I quickly discovered that it is so hard to grab the attention of employers, which is why I’m so grateful for the support that Ingeus and Tony have given me.”
Mubina Ahmed, of Ingeus worked alongside Tony to ensure the clients she selected for interview were well-matched for the broad range of duties required to work in a busy coffee shop.
She said: “We provide a number of services to large and small businesses alike – from understanding what employers are looking for to short-listing potential candidates and offering interview facilities within our own offices.
“Alongside this, we help unemployed people prepare themselves for work and it means that people like Darja can get back on track and enjoy the benefits of having a job.”
Ingeus is one of the UK’s leading welfare-to-work providers. The company offers a free recruitment service to employers which ranges from CV-sifting to hosting full recruitment days and continues to support new employees for up to two years once they start work, helping employers to increase staff retention.
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