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Roxanne one of the lucky ones who has found work

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: November 28, 2012

Roxanne Barber got an office job with Coastline Housing Picture: Colin Higgs

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For Roxanne Barber, the Government's Work Programme has been a "massive help". After leaving Cornwall College in Pool, the 22-year-old struggled to find a job.

But after being referred to the welfare-to-work programme, Roxanne, from Camborne, secured a job with housing association Coastline Housing in nearby Redruth. She has been with the organisation since August.

Roxanne said: "I've had part-time jobs since I was 16 but then decided to leave work to concentrate on my studies. I just didn't think it'd be as hard as it was to find a job after I finished college."

Working Links – one of two principal contractors providing training in Devon and Cornwall under the work programme – helped revamp Roxanne's CV to highlight skills gained in the retail industry that could be deployed in other sectors. Within a few weeks, she secured a full-time administration post, her new employer taking advantage of a £2,275 wage subsidy for employing an 18-24 year-old.

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Roxanne said: "I never thought I would end up in an admin role because I honestly thought I wasn't capable, but the support I received gave me the confidence I needed to go for it – and I love it."

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  • cornishbabe70  |  November 28 2012, 12:15PM

    Well done Roxanne and good luck with the new job.It's not just young people who have problems finding work.It's bad enough for a 16 to 24 year old being told by an employer you have lack of experience,but imagine what it's like for someone in their 40's or 50's to be told the same?this problem happens in all age groups and employers are partly to blame as well by the language they use when advertising certain posts which some people find quite intimidating.Employers should offer more job training to give more people a chance to prove themselves which would be a lot fairer to those who have never had the chance of a fulfilling job.

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