Jason Davis, 47, from Plymouth was recently named ‘Adviser of the Year’ at the ERSA Employability Awards and his story was featured in The Sun.
In just three years, Jason has worked with almost 300 people, supporting them to explore employment and training opportunities and overcome barriers such as lack of confidence, skills gaps and health issues.
As part of Clarion Futures’ Jobs and Training team, Jason provides a highly personalised employment support service which is free and open to all Clarion Housing residents looking for work. The service operates across the whole country with support provided by local advisers.
Jason said: “I struggled at school due to undiagnosed dyslexia and dyspraxia which meant that finding my place in the world of work was a challenge. After several false starts, trying my hand at everything from childcare to bricklaying, I discovered my passion for education and completed the necessary qualifications to get me to where I am today.
“The best part of my job is building relationships with our residents and helping them to realise their potential. I recently worked with one of our residents who was socially isolated and unable to leave his house, working with him to build his self confidence, explore employment opportunities and eventually secure a full-time job in a local business. He’s now been able to come off benefits and is feeling positive about his career path.
“It’s outcomes like this that make my job with Clarion the best I’ve ever had – being recognised with this award is the icing on the cake.”
Jason’s three top tips for anyone looking for work are:
- Ask for help: Asking for help is always the best first step. Overcoming barriers to work can be daunting and scary. Speak to someone with the appropriate knowledge to help you plan a way to overcome them and move forward.
- Break it down: Breaking down barriers and moving into work can be overwhelming, so don’t think of taking the leap, instead think about creating a path. This could be doing some soft skills courses, volunteering, or more importantly asking for help.
- Keep an open mind: If you’re not sure of what you want or could do for work, start exploring job opportunities in your area to identify something that may of interest to you, then access some support in securing the role.