Single dad, Wayne Stokes, aged 28, has never had a real job.
He hated living off benefits and having no purpose in life so he asked for help. Now he works as a cook at KFC.
He said: “I always wanted to work but it’s difficult to get a job these days.
“As I got older I realised I just couldn’t live off benefits any longer. I had no money in my pocket, I had nowhere to go and nothing to do.
“After I paid the bills there was nothing left. It’s hard being a single dad and feeling like that.”
Wayne, of Coppice View, Cross Heath, got in touch with Aspire Housing’s Employment and S kills team and they helped him with job searching, CV writing, training and got him a bicycle to get to courses.
They also arranged a work experience placement with their maintenance team.
Looking back, Wayne knows that’s when things started to change.
He said: “The work experience boosted my confidence and gave me a fantastic reference.
“I’m sure that’s what helped me get the job at KFC.
“You have to be patient, when people say something will come along, you have to believe it can happen.”