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TV producer turns self-employed podiatrist with help from the Government’s New Enterprise Allowance

After years of working with famous faces as a BBC producer, Emma Clarke decided she wanted a job that was more grounded – so she set up a podiatry business looking after people’s feet.

UK employment rises to a new record high – with our customers in the North West helping to lead the way

The North West of England – where we deliver the Work Programme - was among the regional success stories last week (Wednesday 11 November) as the Government published record-breaking employment statistics.

"I love going to work and I’m a different person for it."

Supermum Tracy Adamson had always worked, even while juggling five daughters aged one to eight.

Employment scheme helps grandmother make a fresh start at the age of 59

When Freda Edgar started looking for a job, she was convinced that her age – 59 – and the number of years she’d been out of the workplace – 19 - would count against her.

New Enterprise Allowance helps Martine get her charity off the ground

When mum-of-three Martine Grainger was made redundant after 12 years as a regional fund-raising manager for a national charity, she refused to let the setback knock her off her feet.

Gordon sees his dream come true with the New Enterprise Allowance

Former operations manager Gordon Lawrie had always dreamed of running his own painting and decorating business.

Brendan supported into apprenticeship after devastating hand injury left his career plans in tatters.

Brendan Richardson left school at 15 determined to get enough training under his belt to set himself up for life as a tradesman.

For the first time, Glenn feels like he has a future ahead of him

Ten years ago, Glenn Moore was told by his doctor that it was unlikely he’ll ever be well enough to work again.

PeoplePlus marks milestone figure of helping 195,000 jobseekers find jobs on the Work Programme

More than 7,000* jobseekers on our Work Programme returned to work in the three months to June 2015, latest figures show. That’s 115 people every working day who have taken the first step towards a steady income and a brighter future.

Romantic Andrew finds a new love story with Wales

When he fell in love with a “beautiful Welsh woman”, Canadian Andrew McCall gave up his busy life in the cosmopolitan city of Toronto in Canada to move to Bridgend, Wales.

Apprenticeship opens career path for Sam

The future looked very bright for Sam, from Bromborough, when he started his engineering course at college.

Hampshire employer reaps rewards from seeing potential beyond barriers

CLF Distribution, based in Southampton, is resolutely committed to giving every candidate an equal opportunity to join them and progress within the company, regardless of background, appearance or extra barriers such as health problems or convictions.

Tattoo artist Callum's inked in for success

The moment a friend let him try out a tattoo machine on a patch of fake skin, Callum Glover was hooked.

Journalist Janet back in the thick of it

During her four decades in journalism, Janet Shields had lived an exciting life reporting on some of the biggest stories in the North West.

From 'can't' to 'can do'

For Pauline every day at work is a day of wonder that she has come so far and can now enjoy the simple pleasures of life again.