Lee: being a job coach

"Job coaching has given me the chance to develop my people skills."

Lee is the Head of Development in Manchester for Bruntwood and volunteers to support the Ready for Work programme. He tells us why he has remained volunteering in the scheme for the last five years:

If I can cope with challenging situations as a job coach then I should be able to cope with virtually anything!! The job coaching experience also helps to put things in perspective.

- Lee Treanor,
Head of Development in Manchester, Bruntwood
 “Five years ago I signed up to do a two-hour CV writing session through our company’s employee volunteering scheme... There I met a guy on the Ready for Work programme and chatted to him about his background. We were very similar and what struck me was that the thing that had thrown his life off track could’ve happened to anyone. For him, circumstances came together to put him in that situation and the same thing could’ve happened to me. Once I had met him I wanted to be involved and spare my time to help people so I offered to be his job coach.

Since then I went on a job coaching training course and I’ve coached quite a few people. Two have found jobs and the change in their lives and self-esteem is massive from this. It also gave me satisfaction and confidence in what I was doing.

I’m job coaching a candidate at the moment. He had his Ready for Work placement at Bruntwood and has now been working here for nearly 8 months. I still make sure he’s ok and support him with non-work areas. He’s keen to become a job coach himself later this year and I’m hoping to see him do that. I’m sure once he’s settled, our coaching relationship will tail off, but I will always be happy to help him.

Job coaching has given me the chance to develop my people skills. If I can cope with challenging people and challenging situations as a job coach then I should be able to cope with virtually anything!! The job coaching experience also helps to put things in perspective.

Job coaching’s not always easy. I’d love more people at my office to become job coaches too and to build more of a network of job coaches at Bruntwood. The fear of the unknown often puts people off but it just takes one session for people to realise what they can do if they help others to find work.”

Read more personal stories of participants of BITC's Ready for Work programme.