Former Sheffield driver eyes return to work routine

A4E 'Keith Willey,
A4E 'Keith Willey,
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A STRONG work ethic is something many people boast on their CV – but few know the true meaning of it. Keith Willey does.

The 58-year-old, from Sheffield, has never been afraid of a good day’s slog and a bit of manual labour.

Keith has worked with vehicles and delivered heavy goods since leaving school.

He was a faithful employee of a Sheffield timber yard as a van driver for eight years and, when he was not out and about, would look for things to do to help with the general running of the business.

However, since being made redundant, it has been a struggle to get back into work.

He has done work experience and had a handful of interviews which have not resulted in permanent employment.

Keith, of Hackenthorpe, said: “I’ve worked at one or two timber yards in Sheffield. I am a loyal worker.

“When nothing was going on I used to do the forklift or clean the yard. They didn’t want to let me go.”

Keith is in a position many men and women his age have found themselves – and it is clear being out of work sits uncomfortably with a man used to being the breadwinner.

That is why he has signed up to take part in The Star’s We Want to Work campaign, which gives jobseekers from A4E’s Work Programme the chance to sell themselves to potential employers.

He said: “I always went out to work. I’ve been looking at all sorts – portering in hospital, labouring.

“My ideal job would be something full time so I can pay my way and get myself back into the routine.

“I think sometimes they look at you and think you’re too old, but I’m only 58.

“I’ve got a good few years of working life ahead and I have a lot of experience.”

On top of being a hard worker, Keith is also a community stalwart who has been dedicated to serving the public as part of St John’s Ambulance for the past 20 years.

He said: “I love it. Over the years I’ve given up a lot of my spare time to do it. I help the cadets on a Wednesday.

“It is nice to feel you’re doing something for the community.”

n If you are an employer with a vacancy you feel would be suited to Keith, contact the A4e Sheffield Work Programme on 0114 2894792.