Novus Works “I’ve gone from being an ex-prisoner with no goals to a full time worker with a career”

Supported by the Novus Works team in the North East, ‘Noel’ was able to find a new career path on release. He is now employed as a HGV Mechanic Apprentice and has a regular income, a pension, and continues to learn every day.


The Story

‘Noel’ wanted to find a job on release where he could learn a new trade that would give him a long-term career.

Prior to his release from HMP Holme House, ‘Noel’ attended the Novus ‘Get Job Ready’ course where learners work to improve their employability skills. As part of the course, Novus Employment Broker Charlotte Taylor spoke to the learners about the Novus Works service. Noel spoke to Charlotte about his previous self-employment and his desire to find a new career path on release. He expressed interest in a HGV Mechanic Apprenticeship which Novus Works were advertising.

On his release, Noel had regular meetings in the community with the Novus Works team, who supported him with his application, including creating a professional CV and cover letter, and interview skills.

Noel was successful in his application and is now employed as a HGV Mechanic Apprentice, an opportunity which is helping him to build a positive future.

Speaking to Novus after starting his new job, Noel said: “Because of your help I have gone from being an ex-prisoner with no goals to a full time worker in the mechanical industry with a career. I have a regular income and a pension and am learning everyday, this is all thanks to yourself! I am finding the job to be brilliant. I can’t believe I get paid for being here, learning to do what I love. I am so happy now in life thank you very much!”

I have a regular income and a pension and am learning everyday

'Noel'

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