Paul's journey back into work

Paul*, an ex-prisoner, shares his story about how he found employment after leaving prison. Whilst Paul was serving his sentence in the South West of England, he enrolled on a vocational training course with n-ergy, a Welsh-based company that was set up eight years ago to work with offenders and ex-offenders throughout the UK to deliver vocational and employability programmes.

Paul successfully achieved a QCF/NVQ qualification in Performing Manufacturing Operations which helped him develop new skills and gave him a renewed sense of purpose. According to n-ergy, his qualifications have given him the confidence and self-esteem to re-enter the workplace. After securing a permanent job shortly after his release with a national retailer in Wales, Paul is confident about his future and the new challenges that lay ahead.

Determined not to re-offend and instead, rebuild his life, one week prior to his release date Paul met with a member of n-ergy’s employment support team, Lee. During that meeting, Lee registered Paul as a candidate looking for work and throughout the next two weeks both put in a lot of hard work to help him find a good job.

Paul said: “My initial meeting with Lee towards the end of my sentence was filled with so much enthusiasm and positivity. Lee was, from the start, planning my route into work on my release. He looked at my CV and started to get a plan and ideas of where to look and prospective employers to approach.

"On my release Lee kept in constant contact to ensure my return to Wales was smooth. On my second day home, Lee picked me up and took me into my local town where we signed up with several agencies. He was also constantly bouncing off ideas and routes for me to find work.”

Paul also did his own homework by scouring the local newspapers and job boards and even approached employers at their premises face to face in his search to find work. As a result of this determined approach, three interviews were scheduled into one week.

Paul added: “We arranged an interview at a local distribution centre in Wales where Lee actually drove me there on the day and I subsequently got employment. It was due partly to Lee’s enthusiasm and belief in me that I went to the interview so relaxed and especially so soon after my release which for some people can be a vulnerable time”.

In his current role, Paul is happy and enjoying his fresh start working full-time in his position at the warehouse facility for a national retailer close to his home town in Wales. He is now earning a decent wage to support his family, continuing to develop his skills and knowledge and grateful to his employer and to n-ergy for giving him a second chance.

Donna Turner-Kot, Chief Executive and founder of n-ergy said:

“Through the acquisition of vocational qualifications in custody and realistic job support on release, learners like Paul will gain the skills, confidence and motivation they need to help them look forward to a brighter and sustainable future on their release to find a permanent job and successfully re-integrate into their communities.”

To read more testimonial and success stories please visit n-ergy’s website www.n-ergygroup.com or, take a look at their corporate video which includes coverage of the above case study. Any questions, please email dturner-kot@n-ergygroup.com.

*Please note Paul's name has been changed.