Tony Kindley

European Social Fund Regional Awards
North East

When Tony left school and tried to find a job, aged 16, his applications were met with no response. Tony was angry and frustrated, feeling that his lack of success was because he was profoundly deaf, having contracted meningitis at just four months old.

Jobcentre Plus referred Tony to an ESF-funded A4e project at Wansbeck Centre for Voluntary Service (WCVS) where he showed an interest in retail. As part of his 13-week New Deal programme, placements were sourced at Tesco and Netto where he gained retail experience and impressed his colleagues.

The opening of a new Asda store was the opportunity Tony was waiting for, and he now has his first paid job, with a parttime role at the store. After leaving school, Tony passed his driving test without the help of a signer and continued learning to improve his chances of finding a job. On behalf of Tony, his nominator Anne said, “Tony has always wanted to learn and participate in courses to improve his personal and employment goals. Each achievement has been a milestone for Tony.” Since leaving school, Tony has also continued his learning, completing courses including AQA Design and Technology, Food Technology and Geography, Edexcel Art & Design and City & Guilds Skillpower.