Hard work and motivation a recipe for success as Liam celebrates new job joy

Hard work and motivation a recipe for success as Liam celebrates new job joy

Liam Dunn at his new job

Liam Dunn working hard in his new job at Atherton High School

As young people across Wigan Borough donned their backpacks for the beginning of the new academic year, one resident was celebrating the start of his own new chapter after landing a job at a school.

Liam Dunn, from Leigh, secured his first paid role at Atherton High School following a supported internship programme through Wigan Council.

The 21-year-old impressed during a work trial and has been retained as a full-time catering assistant.

Taking part in the Wigan Council run service enabled him to gain work experience and learn new skills with support from an employment coach.

Councillor Keith Cunliffe, portfolio holder for adult services, said: “Liam’s new job is testament to the hard work and commitment he has shown since he began his journey to employment.

“His motivation, determination and resilience has paid off, enabling him to successfully gain paid employment with the expert help and guidance from the Supported Employment Service.”

After completing catering and hospitality courses at Wigan and Leigh College, Liam started a supported internship and participated in a placement opportunity at Etherstone Day Centre where he worked in the kitchens.

He quickly became a valued and integral part of the team.

When the Covid pandemic hit in March 2020, Liam didn’t let it put a stop to his efforts.

Instead, he re-enrolled at college, attended interview skills courses and was subsequently offered the work trial at the school, arranged by his employment coach.

Liam said: “Without the help of supported employment, I don’t think it would have been so easy for me to get a job.

“I felt very supported by my employment coach, Debra, and without her help I don’t think I would working in a job I really enjoy, alongside people I really like.”

Coun Cunliffe, who is also the council’s deputy leader, added: “With the right attitude, hard work and a helping hand from our team, Liam has achieved his goal of gaining employment. He should be very proud of himself.”

Wigan Council’s Supported Employment Service works in partnership with Wigan and Leigh College, providing specialist job coaching support for students who aspire to bridge the gap from education to employment.

Officers engage with borough employers and businesses to successfully place students into the world of work, learning valuable skills to gain real work experience in an employment setting taking on real jobs, real opportunities and learning as they grow.

Posted on Wednesday 15th September 2021
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