A Portsmouth man who was out of work for ten years has hailed the council service that helped him find a full time job.
Grant Hardy (pictured right) said he had nearly given up hope of finding full time employment before he enrolled with Portsmouth City Council on the Work Choice project - a scheme that helps people with disabilities to get back into the work force.
"I never expected to get this far," Grant said after completing a placement and taking a full time role. He is now a valued member of the administration team in the council's Regeneration department.
"It felt amazing to know that people had confidence in me and that they believed I could get to where I needed to be. If you'd told me two years ago, when I started on the course, that I'd be here today then I never would have believed you."
Stephen Hogan (pictured left), one of the council's PCMI employment and skills specialists, who supported Grant, said: "Grant is a very nice bloke but more importantly he's done everything asked of him to develop the skills he's needed to get into full time work. He's been really put through his paces because he had to learn very quickly, which he did, and that is all credit to him."
Cllr Ben Dowling, cabinet member for planning, regeneration and economic development, said: "It's fantastic to see what our employment support schemes can achieve when people are open to working with us to move their careers forward.
Grant should be very proud of what he's achieved and so should the team who have worked with him.
It's always nice when somebody is determined to achieve something and the council is able to offer them the support they need to achieve it.