William worked for a number of years as a baker’s assistant and as a kitchen porter but he found himself unexpectedly unemployed. William didn't feel comfortable searching and applying for jobs on his own due to his learning disability and health problems.
How Fair Start Scotland helped
William joined Fair Start Scotland as he felt he would benefit from the one to one support available which suited him perfectly as he got anxious in groups. He was introduced to his Job Coach Deborah in Dalkeith who was eager to help William and tailored his support to meet his needs.
Deborah discussed with William what support he needed, this mainly included applications, digital skills and completing forms or any other paperwork.
Deborah helped William with a cleaning operative job application as he had all the skills and requirements from previous roles in hospitality. When he secured an interview, Deborah ran a one to one interview preparation class giving him the confidence he lacked. He was delighted to find that he got the role and started just a couple of months after starting with Momentum.
William has just hit his one-year anniversary in work and the team are all so proud of his achievements. William gives 100% to all that he does, and this has certainly shown in his job. He is very content in his role and he would like to encourage others who may be in the same situation he was in - to seek support when it is needed.
William will be continuing to visit the team in Dalkeith and help encourage others to seek some help to achieve sustainable employment like him.