At 59, Alan Mugridge thought his working life was over after his last job came to an end.
Alan, who has 40 years’ work experience in various roles such as industrial cleaning and pipe work, spoke of job-market heartache and was worried he’d never work again because employers “weren’t looking for the the skills he had”.
He said: “I’ve had it time and time again where you put your CV forward and they don’t want you. It’s heart-breaking.
“I was worried that I’d never find anything again. I’m 60 in July and I have found that the employers aren’t looking for the skills I’ve got.
“I’ve always been one of these ‘get out and do it’ types. I don’t want to sit on my backside all day, doing nothing.”
But Alan secured a new lease of life thanks to Futures Gateways, which has given him the opportunity to learn new skills and experience with Futures Greenscape to boost his employment options.
“The team here are brilliant”
“I jumped at the chance to get experience like this. It’s great to be getting out every morning again, I’ve been used to it for over 40 years.
“I’ve been doing general grounds maintenance jobs, working with power tools, cutting tools, blowers, mowers, site clearance jobs. It’s a little bit different to what I have been doing but I enjoy it.
“It’s very interesting and it’s not in the same place all the time. The team here are brilliant and easy to get on with.”
Futures Gateways has helped more than 100 people like Alan get into work, learning new skills and contributing to their communities. If you think Futures Gateways could help you, visit our training and skills support page.