After joining our team in February, we caught up with our Youth and Employer Support (YES) programme alumni Toby Roberts to see how he’s been getting on.
Having completed his law degree in 2018, Toby thought he’d found a secure job that promised him everything he’d need to progress in his career. But despite his qualifications and hard work, Toby was facing redundancy and had to start looking for a new job.
His search led him to Acis, where he spotted our Indeed advert looking for a new Legal and Governance Officer. Despite securing an interview, Toby narrowly missed out on being chosen for the role.
But after recognising his potential, Toby was put in touch with Victoria Cross, the Employer Engagement Lead at our YES programme.
Designed to help young people across West Lindsey find work, our YES programme offers a wide range of employment support.
From CV writing and networking events, to mock interviews and well-being advice, our YES team go above and beyond to find their users engaging and sustainable opportunities.
Following on from his meetings with YES, Toby was then offered a two-week placement at Acis – a decision that later led him to secure the very same position he’d first applied for.
As the newest member of our legal and governance team, Toby credits much of his job success with the work of our YES team.
After starting his job in February, Toby’s first seven months at Acis have been unusual to say the least. Despite being furloughed early on, managing lockdown and working from home was easier than he’d ever expected.
Describing his experience, Toby said: “I was only there for a month before I had to work from home, but the help I received during lockdown and while on furlough has been great.”
On top of this, Toby says the YES team have continued to support him in his new job.
“During the first six or seven weeks, I was seeing them quite regularly. They were always checking up on me and seeing how I was getting on.”
With their help continuing throughout the pandemic, Toby feels confident that the team are still there to advise him in the future.
“I’ve settled in now, but I know that if I needed to ask them about anything, I know they’d make time for me.”
From wellbeing calls to job reassurance, the team will continue to support Toby and their other users until they feel ready to tackle the challenges alone.
For more information on our YES programme or to find out how you can get involved, contact our Young Person Lead Lorraine via 01427 800964, or email Lorraine@voluntarycentreservices.org.uk