Get Hired hopeful Marty Jackson stressed the importance of having a driving licence in order to get a job in Plymouth
GET Hired hopeful Marty Jackson has just missed out on getting a job – because he couldn't drive.
After The Herald revealed how 34-year-old Marty, from Lower Compton, is so keen to find a job he is undertaking voluntary work, The Herald was contacted by two potential employers wanting to offer him an interview.
One of the jobs turned out to be unsuitable, but the other, with a Plymouth housing society, sounded just what Marty was looking for.
However, he was unable to take the job because he doesn't have a driving licence.
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It means Marty is back to looking for work, although he has other irons in the fire and has obtained new qualifications and applied for a food processing job, very similar to the work he did for 13 years in his native Northern Ireland.
He also wants to learn to drive.
"The moment they said about a driver's licence I knew the job had gone," Marty said. "The job would have involved me travelling to housebound clients, providing a carer service in their homes.
"They said they were very sorry but couldn't offer me anything after all. I was very disappointed. The job was practically in my hand.
"I asked if there were any other openings and they said there's an office vacancy coming up soon. I intend to keep an eye out for this.
"Being able to drive would open up a lot of opportunities for me," he added. "But it's like everything – you need lessons, and they cost money.
"But it's something I'm looking at learning."
Marty moved to Plymouth in July last year from LondonDerry, also known as Derry, to live with his partner, a nurse at Derriford Hospital.
But he found it difficult to find a job in Plymouth, despite having years of work experience.
He recently volunteered to undertake a research project on behalf of the Alzheimer's Society while he hunts for a full-time paid job.
This was partly because Marty spent three years as a full-time carer for his mother, who suffered from the illness.
The only other work he has had in Plymouth was three weeks temporary employment at Christmas with the Royal Mail.
However, he is determined to find work and has just gained Level 2 qualifications in Food Safety in Catering and in Food Safety in Manufacturing, both via an online courses.
He said he had considered attending a college, but added: "It was much cheaper to sit the exams online."
Marty has also visited Achievement Training, at St Andrew's Cross, to inquire about free courses, and added: "I'm interested in brushing up my English and maths skills and hopefully getting some grades to put in my CV.
"I've also recently applied for a kitchen porter vacancy at a school and a similar role with a pizza restaurant.
"I've applied for a number of other jobs in the past couple of weeks also, ranging from cleaning positions to kitchen staff roles, but it's often the case that I never get any kind of acknowledgement so all the unanswered applications tend to merge into one after a while.
"But I hope my new qualifications will back up my experience in food processing," he said.
"I have just applied for a food processing job, via an agency. I'm hopeful but every time I seem to get rejections so I will hold fire on the celebrations just yet."
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.