Just the job

Two people who have experienced homelessness now have jobs at the University of Manchester as part of its support for the Manchester Homelessness Charter.

One is Frezghi Teklemichael, 29, a former teacher, who fled Eritrea as an asylum seeker. Although successful, he became homeless when financial support from the National Asylum Support Service ended. He was unemployed and living in a hostel in Rochdale when Ready for Work referred him to The Works, The University of Manchester’s employment programme which helps people get the skills and qualifications they need for roles at the university.

After successfully completing the training, Frezghi secured a job as a Building Attendant in the University’s Estates and Facilities Directorate.

Frezghi said: “The University is a great place to work and I have been made to feel very welcome. I am developing new skills and beginning to focus on my long-term career goals here in the UK. It is so good to be in work and contributing to my new country.”

Chris Gopal, from Ready for Work, who chairs the Homelessness Charter Employment Action Groups, said: “Frezghi’s achievement dispels the myth that people who have experienced homelessness are unable or unwilling to work. “

Find out more about the Ready for Work network, supporting people facing homelessness or disadvantage to gain employment. www.bitc.org.uk/readyforwork or follow @BITC_Inclusion.