SINCE leaving school Jess Hadfield has been unable to hold down a steady job – and not for lack of trying.
It is a familiar scenario for thousands of people in her generation, but she is determined not to be another youth unemployment statistic.
Jess, of Parson Cross, Sheffield, has always loved art and design, so it seemed a natural choice for a college course.
However, the classes failed to live up to her expectations and she found herself looking for work.
The 21-year-old left school with good GCSEs and has a BTEC, but in a tough economic climate with thousands of people looking for work, roles are few and far between.
Jess said: “I’ve done sales and reception work and voluntary work, I did temporary stuff behind a bar, but I’ve not been able to get anything permanent.
“A4E has helped me to get a level two certificate in retail and that involved a lot of hands-on work experience.”
With the help of A4E, which delivers the Government’s Work Programme in Sheffield, she joined The Star’s We Want to Work campaign, to give unemployed people the chance to share their skills.
Jess’ message to firms is simple – take a chance on her and she will not disappoint.
She said: “I’ve had a few interviews and am usually told I didn’t get the job due to lack of experience, but you can’t get the experience if you’re not given the opportunity.
“I am looking for work in retail, an office, reception or bar work. I just want to go out and earn a wage.”
n To reach Jess, call A4E on 0114 289 4700.