Supporting people into employment

Peter Lings is an Ongo Homes tenant and has secured permanent work as a Waste Operative at North Lincolnshire Council (NLC). This was with the help of the Employment Support Team (EST).

Peter was living in a bedsit when he first came to our Employment Support Team, that he described as a horrible place to live. But with the help of the EST he managed to secure a tenancy with Ongo which was also life changing for him. He loves his flat and is pleased he managed to find a new place to live with Ongo.

Peter was out of work for well over a year when he approached the EST. He was struggling to find a job, so Lisa (from the team) suggested he did some voluntary work in the Caretaking Team at Ongo.

Peter said: “I was struggling to find work and after a long time without a job it is difficult to get someone to give you a chance. Volunteering with Ongo was a brilliant way for me to get some skills and experience that would help me secure a job when one came up. This work experience definitely helped me get the job I have now.”

Peter also attended the EST job club every Thursday. It was here that he would work with the team to update his CV, apply for jobs and work on his interview skills.

Peter said: “I’d recommend the job club to anyone. It was really good and the team supported me to apply for jobs and get ready for interviews. Everyone in the team is really approachable and friendly. It has a relaxed feel to it when you visit their office which put me at ease straight away.”

He is very proud of his job and was always someone who engaged with the employment support service offered by Ongo which has helped him get to where he is now.