A success story

Andrew’s success story.

Andrew was unemployed and suffering from depression and anxiety, but with our guidance and support, he has now started a professional life.

Restart | 13 September 2022

What was Andrew’s situation?

Andrew Spencer, 49, had worked as a labourer for more than 20 years but lost his job at one point. He had been suffering from anxiety and depression for a long time before joining the Restart Scheme in March 2022. Andy’s main barrier was his lack of confidence; he had lost his CSCS card, which had expired, and thus could not return to his trade. He was also struggling financially and couldn’t afford to get a new card. Andrew started working for Amazon in January of this year, but he had a bad experience, which impacted his confidence.

How did Get Set UK help?

Our Employment Advisor Matteo, from our Crawley office, began working with Andy straight away and did a variety of things to assist him in resuming his life. The first thing he did was assist Andy in renewing his CSCS card, which was paid for through Get Set UK, so he could get back to work as soon as possible. At the same time, Andy and our expert started working on his CV, cover letter, and interview skills to ensure that he was prepared to begin looking for a new position. Week by week, Andy’s confidence grew, and with the help and guidance of our Employment Advisor Matteo, he started applying for the jobs he was interested in.

Andy finally found a new job and is now working as a labourer once more. We decided to help him get to work the first week by taxi because of the location, and we also assisted him in purchasing a drill, which was required on his first day. We will continue to work with Andy and provide assistance whenever possible as part of our In-Work support. Andy is determined to find something more sustainable for the future, but sees this two-year project as an opportunity to regain his skills and confidence.

The participant stated that he is now very happy at work and thankful that he is no longer dependent on Universal Credit. He thanked our Employment Advisor for his assistance and confirmed that he would highly recommend the Restart Scheme.

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