Scheme helps Jake rake in a job

A government employment scheme, which has already supported a Hunsbury gardening and property maintenance business expand its workforce, has helped the company recruit another young Northampton jobseeker.

Hunsbury Home & Gardens has just appointed trainee Jake Bushell to keep customers’ gardens tidy and, for the 22-year-old, it is a job he is already enjoying to the full.

Jake left school to study IT, but soon realised it was not the career for him. Two frustrating years’ unemployment followed while he searched for an outdoor job.

He said: “The opportunities were hard to find, but I had to get out of the house and do something that might lead me back into work.

“Getting a job was my only goal, and staying at home everyday was not an option.”

Jake started volunteering for charities in the region and developed strong customer service skills. At the same time, he was referred to employment specialists Ingeus, which delivers the government’s Work Programme in Northampton.

With Ingeus’s support, which included advice on writing an effective CV, rebuilding his confidence and learning how perform in job interviews - and his own dogged determination - Jake’s prospects soon started to look up.

Previously, Ingeus had helped Hunsbury Home & Gardens recruit its first employee, and business owner Martin Cronin had no hesitation in turning once again to Ingeus and the Work Programme when he needed another pair of hands.

“They were a great support in 2013 and my first employee Jamie has been with me ever since, so I contacted Ingeus to see if they could assist again,” said Martin.

“Straightaway, Ingeus shortlisted candidates who all fitted the bill, and provided me with an office to use for interviewing. Jake was the obvious choice.”

Julie Howarth, from Ingeus, said: “Our role is to work with jobseekers and employers, and to ensure a really good match between the two.”