Jobs joy for ‘We Want to Work’ candidates

A4E Group'Adam Knowles.
A4E Group'Adam Knowles.

Two of the six job-hunters the Lancaster Guardian is helping find employment for have secured work.

Matthew Stinson, 23, and Adam Knowles, 24 were among the half a dozen hopefuls who took part in our We Want to Work campaign with Action 4 Employment (A4e).

The organisation, which has an office in White Cross, Lancaster, is contracted to deliver the Government’s Work Programme for people in long-term unemployment.

Mr Stinson, of Low Bentham, was laid off as an electrician’s mate in 2012 and had been unemployed since.

But he has now been offered 20 hours a week at PC World in Lancaster - with more hours to follow after he’s finished his training.

And he also bagged three weeks’ work fitting new CCTV cameras at Lancaster Prison, starting on Monday, via an agency.

Mr Knowles - a father-to-be and aspiring youth worker, of Lancaster - is now working at Burger King at Forton Services on the M6.

Mr Stinson said he was nervous at starting work again, adding: “It feels absolutely great because I now have something to think about each day.”

He said our campaign had led to several phone calls from potential employers.

He explained: “A lot of people have been recognising me from the newspaper and phoned me up asking for my details so they could keep me on their books. It’s been really helpful.”

The four other job-hunters, Glen Carmichael, 38, of Lancaster, Heather Mayne, 26, also of Lancaster, Ethan West, 19, of Lancaster, and 21-year-old Paul Hammond, of Morecambe, continue to apply for jobs and have managed to secure interviews. To read profiles of each We Want to Work candidate and the skills they can offer, visit