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Honour for John who’s helped hundreds into work
Friday 21st February, 2014

Honour for John who’s helped hundreds into work
John McCusker

A careers advisor at Wigan Council received recognition at a special ceremony held last week for his contribution in getting the unemployed back into work.

John McCusker has been a member of Wigan Council’s Learning and Employment Team for seven years.

His contribution in helping unemployed residents to find work has earned John “The Most Adaptable Adviser Award” at the National Careers Service, Love Your Job Awards.

Award winner, John McCusker, said: “I've never been one for individual recognition or awards, but I am humbled by this one. Helping people to find employment and stability in their lives is a rewarding and interesting job to say the least, I have met thousands of people through my work and it gives me great pleasure to know that I have helped them in some way.

“Like every adviser, we are only the public face of a very dedicated and hard working team. From the admin team whose efforts ensure everything runs as smoothly as possible to our managers who encourage, enthuse and ensure we all get tremendous support in order to do our jobs to the best of our abilities. Inevitably our success is determined by the success of the hard working people of Wigan that we serve. They too play a huge part in making sure we are able to provide a service that can offer direct and tangible benefits. I want to thank Manchester Solutions for all the support that they give our team and similar teams across Greater Manchester, they really do a brilliant job and last, but not least, without the ongoing support of the council and councillors we would not be in a position to offer and develop our service. True recognition therefore goes to all those who make up the engine that makes our service one to be proud of.”

John’s role is to work with customers, individually and in small groups, to help them identify realistic career and employment goals and give impartial advice and practical help on applying for jobs. Over the past six months, John and his colleagues have helped 130 residents claiming Job Seekers Allowance into work and another 443 residents into training to gain the skills they need to help them move into work.

Manchester Solutions is the regional prime contractor for the National Careers Service. They work with a number of organisations across Greater Manchester, such as Wigan Council, to deliver a high standard of service to their customers.

Assistant director for economy and skills at Wigan Council, Emma Barton, said: “John is a great guy who deserves the award for his work. He always goes the extra mile for customers and fellow employees and we are proud that he is a part of our organisation. The award is only a small way of recognising the hard work that John does.

“It is important that we put the interests of our residents first and John has the values that allow this to happen.”

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