Food factory worker hungry for a new job
MARTY Jackson came to Plymouth because he had found love – but he can't find a job.
The 34-year-old moved to the city in July last year from Northern Ireland to live with his partner in Lower Compton.
She's an operating department practitioner, a highly qualified nurse, at Derriford Hospital.
But Marty can't find a job in Plymouth, despite having years of work experience.
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That's why Marty has become the latest person to join The Herald's Get Hired crew, highlighting their stories in the hope an employer will help out.
Marty was employed in a meat processing factory for 13 years in his native Londonderry, also known as Derry, and then spent three years as a registered carer looking after his mother, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease.
But when her condition deteriorated to the extent that she needed to go into full-time specialist accommodation, Marty found himself out of work.
"I'd been with my partner for three years, going back and forth between Plymouth and Northern Ireland. That was not feasible," he said.
"So I decided to take the step and move here permanently.
"But apart from three weeks temporary Christmas work with the Royal Mail, I have unfortunately had no success yet in finding full-time employment since moving here.
"I'm at the bottom of the ladder. It's difficult.
"I realise many others in the city are struggling to find work too, but I am very eager to obtain something more permanent.
"I saw Get Hired and though I would give it a go."
Since last June, The Herald has highlighted the plight of different job-hunters each week.
Some have moved on to work or training, while, unfortunately, others are still in the unemployment trap.
But Marty hopes his years for practical work experience will help him.
"I started in meat processing when I left school," he said. "The factory produced sausages and mince and I did a bit of everything there, from unloading lorries to processing the meat, mixing ingredients, right through to packaging the finished products."
He said it would, therefore, make sense for him to look for similar work in Plymouth, but he's yet to land a job in a food factory.
He's now looking at other options, including care work, and has visited the Careers South West office in Union Street.
But he does lament his lack of paper qualifications.
"Although I have experience I don't have the qualifications to back it up," Marty said.
"School was not something I focussed on, which is something I regret to this day.
"So retraining is something I'm going to look into. Getting a trade behind me would be a good thing.
"But the priority is to get some kind of paid work, to get some money coming in. Otherwise it gets you down.
"And you need that routine in your life, something to get up for in the morning."
If you are an employer who can offer Marty something, please get in touch. Or if you are in a similar position and want your story to be featured in the Get Hired campaign, tell us too. Contact business editor William Telford at email@example.com or ring 01752 765529.