Heading into hospitality

Restart Scheme helps Gareth kickstart hospitality career 

A man who was out work for over 18 months is celebrating finding a new job in a new sector, thanks to the support from the Restart Scheme.

Gareth Riley, 27, from Huddersfield, joined the Restart Scheme in July 2022, having previously worked as a customer assistant and as a volunteer tram conductor. 

Gareth’s Employment Advisor, Aimee, found that his lack of job search skills and his struggles to complete applications were holding him back from finding work. 

Aimee’s initial meetings focused on supporting him with job applications. She emailed him suitable vacancies regularly and kept in regular contact via telephone, as well as their regular in-person meetings.

Aimee encouraged Gareth to attend a local Job Fair held at the Jobcentre, and this move proved crucial in his journey to return to work. He was invited for an interview for a part-time housekeeping position by a local employer. 

With some preparation from Aimee beforehand, Gareth successfully secured the role as a housekeeper in September.  

Gareth said: “Aimee has been an excellent help since I joined the Restart Scheme. She has supported me and has always been looking for suitable jobs. I would recommend her to anyone else who wants additional support.”

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