Job-search charity reaches 4,000 mark

MILESTONE ... from left, Elke Davison, operations manager Laraine Mcloskey and adviser Gillian Hepplewhite.
MILESTONE ... from left, Elke Davison, operations manager Laraine Mcloskey and adviser Gillian Hepplewhite.

DETERMINED Elke Davison has helped a job search charity in South Tyneside reach a marvellous milestone – just three months after she was made unemployed.

Elke has become the 4,000th person to find work with the help of the South Tyneside Training and Enterprise Network (TEN).

Elke, 18, has gained a post as a trainee assistant at a South Shields care home for the elderly after approaching TEN for advice.

The employment experts helped her compile a CV, write covering letters and application forms, and gave her one-on-one help sessions.

Through her job, she has now started an NVQ carers course which she hopes will help her become a nurse working with the elderly.

Elke, of Nevison Avenue, Whiteleas, South Shields, said, “TEN were really friendly. Working here is great and I’ve settled in really well.

“TEN gave me all the help and encouragement I could have wanted and made a really big difference to me finding a job.”

Elke had earlier completed two fixed-term apprenticeships in business administration but funding for her job dried up.

Within two years, she hopes to work alongside her mum Debra Blackburn, 45, a nurse at South Tyneside District Hospital.

Elke’s advisor at TEN, Gillian Hepplewhite, said: “I was very impressed by Elke’s positive attitude and determination to find work.

“I’m delighted that the support she got from us enabled her to get this job.

“It is fantastic that we have helped to get so many people into work over the years.”

TEN, which has 10 staff and was founded in 1994, specialises in matching jobseekers who register with it to its database of vacancies.

It has extensive links with employment creation providers, including the JobCentre and private businesses.

At any one time it has about 2,000 people on its books at its headquarters in Fowler Street, South Shields.

Deborah Rigg, Elke’s manager at Hampshire Court care home, in Hampshire Way, Marsden, said “It makes all the difference to us by having such a committed person as her.

“From the day she started she’s been so dedicated and caring. She makes a big difference.”

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