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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Jason marks inspirational journey to employment

AN Egremont man has become the first person to secure direct employment through a successful work placement scheme.

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Inspirational: Jason Guilfoyle hard at work at The Factory Shop, Egremont

By Andrew Clarke

Jason Guilfoyle, 19, has started work at The Factory Shop, Egremont, through the Stay West Project at Lakes College.

The project, funded by The Lottery Fund and Copeland Community Fund, is delivered by Lakes College to open up employment opportunities for people with learning difficulties or disabilities.

Jason has progressed on to Lakes College’s public services course, from Just the Job, which focuses on improving learners’ employability and life skills.

He impressed bosses at The Factory Shop so much that they offered him a permanent post, and he will work part-time so he can finish his studies at Lakes.

Jason’s tutor Jenny Proudman said: “We are delighted with Jason’s success. He is 100 per cent reliable and his confidence has excelled.

“The Stay West Project can open so many doors and Jason’s journey to employment is inspirational to other learners.”

Maegan King, The Factory Shop manager, added: “Throughout the 36 weeks Jason has been working with us, he has progressed considerably.

“He has integrated well within the team and I am delighted with his performance. Jason is willing to learn and communicates effectively, which are key qualities that I look for when recruiting staff.”

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