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Peter’s complete career change. . .in the same building

by Jonathan Kearney

Peter Doran faced unemployment when the Brighthouse store closed its doors in Kirkby Town Centre. However, Peter is now employed as a Employment Advisor and is based in the former Brighthouse store that is now home to the Council’s Knowsley Works Team.

Peter was the Store Manager at Brighthouse, having worked there for 11 years.

What is your role at Knowsley Works?

Seven months’ ago, I joined the Knowsley Works Team as a Restart Employment Advisor. I provide help and support to people who are looking for employment.

I review their current circumstances, skills and aspirations and then work with them to match their needs to available vacancies. If there are any skill gaps identified, I work with them to address those gaps. This includes skills such as IT literacy.

What do you like about your Knowsley Works role?

In short, “giving back” and helping to support other people. It’s great to support people into work in an area I have an affinity to due to the 11 years I have spent working in Kirkby.

What advice would you give to anyone who was in your position and is looking for work?

Come in and meet the Knowsley Works Team – your future starts here.

We can help you if you’re unemployed, looking for your next career move or looking to retrain. We can also support you if you are struggling with your mental health or have a disability through our dedicated Positive Inclusive Programme.

The team offers free advice and support to residents to help them into training and employment. As well as supporting with job searches, developing CVs, completing application forms and preparing your for interview, the team also provide coaching and mentoring, skills development and one-to-one support.

You can also be referred to specialise support for issues include debt and financial advice, health and lifestyle, counselling services, women’s groups and family support groups.

The team also run a Positive Inclusion Programme to improve personal development and job prospects for residents aged 16 and over who require intensive, specialist support to progress into education, training or employment.

Our training team will set you up on Indeed to be able to search and apply for jobs. They will support you with interview skills, help you to create a CV and advise on appropriate courses or qualifications that may help you to achieve your goals.

You can call into the Knowsley Works store on St Chad’s Parade in Kirkby – any time between 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday – or you can ring 0151 443 4780.