41-year-old, father of 6, Robert Tait dedicated 15 years of his life as a Tyre Technician before suddenly finding himself made redundant.
He had successfully managed a team of 16 people, often going above and beyond to ensure the success of his employer. Although he was feeling despondent and let down by the situation he found himself in, he was more concerned and unsure of how he would gain employment and provide for his young family in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. As the main earner in his household, he was eager to access any help available.
As a tenant of Together Housing, Robert was referred to Senior Employment Advisor, Lorraine Fenney via the Income team. Lorraine helped Robert by listening to his concerns and discussing his situation, she encouraged him to explore the idea of self-employment, as that was a route to meaningful employment that he was interested in. He was confident he would be able to gain business due to his outstanding reputation in the industry and his existing networks.
Lorraine advised Robert of training relevant to self-employment that he could access as well as business plans and support in putting this together. This also covered information on finances and where he could gain access to financial support.
Robert’s wife worked part-time but this alone wasn’t enough to cover the cost of rent and food. Lorraine provided vital support to Robert and his family by guiding them through the process of applying for benefits and Job-seekers allowance to help with the day-to-day costs of living whilst his business was being set up.
Moving Forward Together (MFT) Newground Senior Employment Advisor, Lorraine Fenney said: “Robert had a clear idea of where he wanted to take his career, he is confident and skilled in his trade and is aware that there is room in the market for him, however having someone to discuss those ideas and offering guidance has greatly benefited Robert, giving him the courage to keep moving forward with his plans.”
With Robert now working for himself, he is gradually building-up his business and his wife is completing online training to help support their enterprise. Robert officially set up his business in June 2021– RCT Autos, and he works across North Halifax and much of Yorkshire.
Robert said, “Having Lorraine at the end of the phone to answer any questions or concerns I had has been really reassuring. With her help I have made a dream of being self-employed a reality and now I have more control over my career and the direction I want to take it in.”
Further information on Moving Forward Together (MFT) can be found here: Newground Together Moving Forward Together