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 A LEADING Welfare-to-Work organisation is celebrating after one of its clients won a skills award at a top industry award ceremony.
Pertemps People Development Group (PPDG) worked with Jason Churchill - winner of the Work Skills award at the Local Employment Partnership (LEP) awards for more than 12 months to provide training and coaching to support him in his job search after unsuccessfully battling unemployment for almost two years.
The ceremony - which was hosted by Jobcentre Plus at Newcastle United Football Club - awarded Mr Churchill, 37, from Southbank in Middlesbrough, following his successful transition from unemployment to full time work with Asda, in Teesport. At the end of the evening Mr Churchill was also awarded Overall LEP Achievement Winner.
Ed Walker, employment coach at PPDGs Redcar Centre, said: When I first met Jason he faced a number of challenges to help him on the road to employment including a lack of confidence and interview experience.
So we sat down and chatted about his aspirations and how we could help him achieve them.  Through bespoke mentoring and tailored training we empowered him to take ownership of his individual learning, which helped to accelerate his development.
He improved his basic literacy and numeracy levels through access to in-house Learn Direct courses, participated in confidence and motivational building and benefited from the PPDG mentoring programme.
This award win is the cherry on top of the cake for us as it highlights what we are doing provides real value and importantly celebrates his individual success too.
PPDG sourced a job opportunity for Jason, which he successfully passed an interview for, and he gained a job as a warehouse operator for Asda. Mr Churchill has not looked back in fact he was also identified for fast-track learning with his new employers.
Ray Brown, Mr Churchills manager at the ASDA import centre, said: I had the privilege of interviewing Jason and realised very quickly he would integrate well with our current workforce.
Despite the job role being alien to his previous employment history, he learned the role swiftly and infact has a great desire now for self-improvement and has engaged in many of our staff training schemes.
We are incredibly proud he won his award as it really symbolises the huge journey he has been on.
The award win comes after a difficult two-year period of unemployment for Mr Churchill who is proud at beating hundreds of entrants to the post: I was over the moon when the announcer called out my name to tell me I won the award it was such a great surprise especially after the quantity and quality of the entrants, he said.


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