IF anyone can claim the title of Britain’s best jobs adviser it is Jason Davis.
The employment support officer specialises in finding work for the most challenged jobseekers — and boasts an 80 per cent success rate.
Jason, who works for country-wide housing charity Clarion Futures, helps the long-term unemployed along with people having limited basic skills and mental health issues in Plymouth.
Now, the ERSA — an umbrella organisation for job-finding services — has named him Adviser Of The Year at its annual awards ceremony.
Jason, 47, said: “I struggled at school due to undiagnosed dyslexia and dyspraxia so finding my place in the world of work was a challenge.
“After trying my hand at everything from childcare to bricklaying, I discovered my passion for education and completed the qualifications to help get me to where I am today.
“The best part of my job is building relationships with our residents and helping them to realise their potential.
“Working with people to help them overcome challenges and achieve individual goals is what gets me out of bed in the morning.”
He was presented with his award by Brad Coombes from sponsor Alderwood Recruitment at the ceremony in London.
Jason was praised by Employment Minister Alok Sharma, who said: “Projects like these are making sure we spread opportunity and provide vital support to those looking for work.”
How to get back to work
JASON’S top tips for finding a job:
- ASK FOR HELP. It is always the best first step. Overcoming barriers to work can be daunting and scary. Speak to someone with the appropriate knowledge to help you plan a way to move forward.
- BREAK IT DOWN. Removing barriers to getting into work can be overwhelming, so don’t think of taking the leap. Instead, think about creating a path. This could be doing some soft skills courses, volunteering or, more importantly, asking for help.
- KEEP AN OPEN MIND. If you’re not sure of what you want to do, or could do, for work, start exploring job opportunities in your area to identify something that may be of interest to you, then access some support in securing the role.
- Need help to find work? Find out more at ersa.org.uk/about/employmentprogrammes.
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