Redbridge resident Sakariya Kisow has become the 1,000th participant to be supported into work through the Local London Work and Health Programme (LLWHP), starting a new career as a stock controller after three years out of work.
Sakariya, who experiences back pain and fatigue, was unable to return to his previous career as an installer of alarm systems. The LLWHP team supported him to build his confidence, develop his skills and explore new sectors and opportunities.
His Account Manager suggested he apply to become a stock controller, as a role became available with the flexibility he required. Sakariya was successfully supported through the recruitment process and began work in the summer.
In his new role, Sakariya is able to adapt his hours around his health condition with the support of his employer, and travels across the country working with a range of clients.
He’s delighted with his new job and excited about the future.
“For a while I was jobless, but today I have a job. Thanks to Maximus and the staff that have worked beyond measure for me.”
The programme, which operates across 9 boroughs in East and South East London, supports disabled people, those with a health condition, the long-term unemployed, and other disadvantaged groups to develop their skills and enter and progress in work.
It uses an innovative delivery model embedding healthcare professionals as Key Workers on the front line. Delivered by Maximus and local delivery partners, it is co-financed by the European Social Fund and the Department for Work and Pensions.
Emma Warren, Contract Director for Local London Work and Health Programme said:
“Sakariya’s story shows how the programme is transforming the lives of Local London residents. We understand that good health, including good mental health, is vital to finding and progressing in work.
“Our Key Workers include mental health professionals and physiotherapists, who can offer expert support to help participants overcome barriers to employment and thrive in the workplace.”
You can find out more about the Local London Work and Health Programme here.