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22 November 2019

“It’s a fresh start, a turning point in my life.”

IMAGE: Lee with a lawnmowerWe want to support you to find the job you've always wanted, just like we did with Lee...

Optivo resident Lee says he’s been given a new lease of life after securing a job with JB Landscape in Kent.

Despite the weather turning cold, Lee loves being outdoors doing general gardening duties. This ranges from cutting grass to cleaning leaves.

It’s a far cry from his previous temp work at factory sites doing irregular hours.

His change in career is all thanks to getting in touch with our Social Impact Team!

Whitney Henry, one of our Employment Support Officers, helped to update Lee’s CV and ‘guided him in the right direction’ to find work.

IMAGE: Lee who is now working as a gardenerHe took on a voluntary position with JB Landscape with help from Liza Scholefield, Volunteer Coordinator, but after just four hours work he was offered paid employment.

Lee added: “Don’t underestimate the help they (Optivo) can give and the services they can provide. What they offer I found amazing, I was just shocked at the variety of it. They’ve put me through various training and I’m now in the process of doing my CSCS (the leading skills certification scheme within the UK construction industry). It’s the best route to take!”

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