Ashley Lewis, from Llanymynech near Oswestry, has a new job working on the latest census with HR GO after finding it with the help of Remploy.
He says he is thrilled to be back in work.
His confidence was badly affected by the prospect of abandoning his chosen career and looking for something new and he was also helped support his mother, who had undergone an operation and was in the ‘shielding’ group.
He found support through the Work and Health Programme Job Entry: Targeted Support, or JETS.
The new employment programme, delivered by Remploy, was set up to tackle employment problems arising from the pandemic, and aims to help 15,000 people across Wales to get back into work.
Lesley Boden-Barrow, his JETS advisor, investigated roles that would suit both his skillset and his circumstances. Working from home was an option, and he had great customer service and communication skills she said.
"He was keen on the job but lacked the equipment needed to perform the role, an obstacle which we overcame by funding a new laptop and headphones, along with his DBS check.
Ashley said: “I was originally looking for work in the hospitality industry when I joined the JETS programme. When a job came up where I could work from home, my advisor helped me all the way through the process, supporting me to get the equipment I needed for my new role.
"I honestly couldn’t be more grateful for the help I’ve received and how the JETS service made the process so easy for me.”