A young father-to-be from Sprowston is back in work and happily planning for the new arrival thanks to landing a job at a local recruitment fair.
Ricky Martin, 23, is now at the start of a promising career in care work having joined APS Care which runs local residential home, Burlingham House. He is one of eight jobseekers so far to have found permanent employment from the job fair, held recently at the Norwich offices of local Work Programme provider, Ingeus.
Ingeus delivers the Work Programme across the East of England and has 11 town and city centre-based offices in the region. The organisation works with local unemployed people to develop skills and support job-search activity and offers a free end-to-end recruitment service to employers like APS Care.
“Despite Ricky not having past experience, his personality really shone through when I met him at the job fair and I immediately invited him for a full interview at the home,” said Burlingham House Manager, Amanda Bargewell.
“We are interested in people with an aptitude for the job, not necessarily a list of qualifications, and these events are great for finding quality people who may not ordinarily apply for a position with us. Ricky is settling in brilliantly and the residents love him.”
Ricky, who now helps care for the home’s 31 residents, was unemployed for more than a year before being referred to Ingeus by his local Jobcentre Plus. Just like his famous namesake, he is renowned for singing and dancing his way through the working day, talents he acquired as a holiday camp Blue Coat.
“I was dreading not having a regular wage coming in when the baby arrived and seasonal work away from home just wasn’t an option for me anymore,” said Ricky, whose fiancée is expecting their first child in August.
“I was getting nowhere applying for jobs on my own but within weeks of working with Ingeus I had a new CV, interview experience and the confidence to try something new. I hadn’t considered being a carer but the job fair changed all that. Ingeus handled my travel expenses and CRB check and is keeping in close contact with me as I settle into the job. I’m already undertaking lots of training and hope to study for an NVQ in care work next – as well as keeping the residents entertained of course!”
Burlingham House is planning a large expansion programme and will be calling on Ingeus to fill future vacancies. Other local employers interested in the free recruitment services offered can contact Ingeus in Norwich on 01603 561000 or visit www.ingeus.co.uk/employers for more information.