Jason's Story

When Jason, 22, joined the Greater Manchester Talent Match programme in August 2016, he was suffering from a lack of motivation and low confidence, and had turned to cannabis use.

His lack of experience and a social network only exacerbated his position. Stuck in a job less cycle, Jason didn’t know what he could do.

Jason was also suffering with ill mental health, and lives with learning disabilities. 

Since working with his Talent Coach, Aysha from Groundwork BBOR, Jason’s confidence and motivation have grown, and he has since progressed into the hospitality industry. First gaining employment in May 2017, he has continued to develop himself and his career.

Jason noted how much he has evolved, personally and professionally, since joining Greater Manchester Talent Match;

“Getting a job has been really fulfilling for me. I’m still learning and have been able to adapt myself to suit the job, which I never thought I could before. Had I not been working with Aysha I don’t think I’d be in a job at all, or in one that I actually enjoy.”

During his time on the Greater Manchester Talent Match programme, Jason completed a Level 2 course in customer service with the Back2Work Traineeship scheme. He also took part in some employability training and work experience with Clarity, who provide a range of employment and training opportunities throughout the UK for blind and disabled people who cannot find jobs in open industry.

Through Groundwork BBOR, Jason also completed the Prince’s Trust Team Programme. This is a 12 week personal development course, offering work experience, qualifications, practical skills, community projects and a residential week.

Aysha, Jason’s Talent Coach, expressed how far he has come since joining the programme;

“His mind-set, motivation, confidence and his love of life is so different now compared to our initial meeting. There’s been a lot of ups and downs, but he’s now on a steady road and progressing well within his new job. He’s making use of the in work support and I’m sure with his new found focus he’ll go on to achieve amazing things in his life. It’s been a pleasure being a part of his journey so far and I’m really proud of him.”

Read more stories from people involved in Greater Manchester Talent Match by clicking here.