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Signing Up To Success: Joe's Story

The work that the Community Trust does, doesn’t solely revolve around sport and encouraging people to get active; we also aim to tackle other issues, such as unemployment and helping people like Joe Corey Withers.

Joe enrolled in the Trust’s Sign Up To Success project with the aim of learning new skills and gaining valuable qualifications in order to secure himself a job, which he successfully did.

Sign Up To Success, or SUTS, is an employability programme aimed at 16-25 year olds to support them in removing any barriers they have to employment, as well as helping them to progress closer to the labour market.

During the 10-16 week programme, learners will complete a variety of qualifications in preparation for employment, as well as undergoing a five day work experience placement, and over the course of his three month journey, Joe excelled.

“Joe has made a remarkable journey,” said the project’s Coordinator, Michael Howard. “Joe’s qualities where quickly recognised; he had fantastic communication skills and a great rapport with the group and he was somebody they turned to for added support.”

Throughout the course, Joe completed a Football Leaders Award, courses in child welfare and first aid, as well as gaining his level one in Preparation to Work, but this wasn’t all that he achieved.

Upon recognising his leadership qualities, Michael asked Joe if he would accept a position as a volunteer lending a hand on the project, whilst he completed his own course.

“Joe dedicated five days a week to support myself on the project and developed his self-esteem and grew in confidence on a daily basis” Michael said.

This wasn’t the only opportunity that arose for Joe during his time spent working with Sign Up To Success however, as a job opening soon followed. 

Working with Joe to update his CV with the skills and qualifications he had picked up from the course, as well as perfecting a covering letter, Michael aided Joe in the application process and he ultimately landed an interview, followed by a trial, followed by a full time position as a Sales Advisor with TPS, a franchise of VW Sinclair’s.

“The course has been very beneficial to me and has helped me with a number of things; the main thing being my confidence and people skills,” said Joe. “The units that we have completed have also been very good for me and have changed my approach when applying for jobs. 

“I have since used what I have picked up on the course to apply for a new job. I attended the interview and am pleased to say that I was successful and am now in full time employment again,” he continued.

Joe’s story is testament to how effective the project can be with the right amount of desire and determination to improve ones’ circumstances, but it isn’t just

Joe who has signed up to success. During the first year of the project, it has achieved great success with nearly half of the young people involved finding paid employment, and the project is hoping to help more young people, like Joe, in its second year.

For more information on the project, please call Michael Howard on 07884667434, or email him on

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