COMPASS Employment Support
‘Thomas’, a man from Tipperary Town was taking part in a Labour Market Activation Programme,. He had been out of work for 10 years and had lost a lot of his self-worth and his confidence.
When his time on the activation programme ended, Thomas met with the COMPASS Employment Support Worker to discuss his options around work, education and training. Thomas worked closely with the Service to research what he might like to do and how he would take these opportunities for himself.
Thomas took part in a number of short training programmes and activities in his local community. Taking part in these programmes brought about a greater increase in Thomas confidence and his outlook in terms of his potential. He kept an ongoing watchful eye on the job opportunities that were available to him and , with the support of the COMPASS Service, progressed to applying for and then taking up an Internship under the JobBridge Programme.
Thomas is optimistic about himself and the opportunities that he can create for himself. He is now more aware of mainstream services and supports that are available to him.
On a personal level, Thomas has benefitted from an increase in involvement in what’s happening in the area where he lives. He has a more proactive and positive outlook which helps him on a daily basis as he considers further employment. At the moment Thomas is considering applying for an accredited training programme which is a huge achievement for him and will greatly enhance and strengthen his prospects as well as increasing his own confidence in himself.