How long have you been doing what you do (with APM and other companies)?
I started with the company in 2010 as an Employment Coach in Kidderminster, Worcestershire. Over those years I have performed many different job roles in many centres right across the Midlands. I was pleased to be offered the opportunity to take a permanent Employment Coach role at Redditch, where I live so I jumped at the chance!
What are you most passionate about professionally? What most excites you about your work and the contribution you can make at APM?
Seeing the change in people’s attitudes, situation and circumstances, through working closely for a period of time supporting them to move forward either into education or employment. It’s not just about getting people into work, It’s about the massive change to the individuals circumstances, and the positive effect not only on them, but also the people around them and their family that makes it the best job in the world!
What are the best aspects about working for APM? What makes APM great?
I’d probably have to say being involved with an Employability Support Allowance Contract (ESA) helping with Advanced Support. We delivered the contract within Job Centre Plus (JCP) for four months. Not only did we have to engage with ESA customers and entice them to join the contract on a voluntary basis, we also had to engage with JCP staff as an ‘outsider’, and work towards breaking down some of the barriers we have all come across with lack of communication between ourselves and JCP as a partner.
Where can you be found when you’re not working? What’s your favourite way to spend a weekend?
I play Violin, Guitar and Mandolin in ‘IO Earth’, a Symphonic Progressive Art Rock Band, and we play all over the world. I also run a local Celtic Folk Rock Band called ‘Bang on the Ear’ and I play Electric Violin and Octavious Bouzouki, along with providing backing vocals and idiotic banter!
I play Violin in ‘Martin Walkyier Goes Skyclad’, a Pagan Folk Thrash Metal Band.
So a perfect weekend for me is either gigging locally, or sitting in the back of a van driving to somewhere in Europe to play a festival to thousands of people, and be a rock star for the day!
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