Halifax man desperately seeks work

Jobseeker Ben Whittaker.
Jobseeker Ben Whittaker.

A young Halifax man has gone to great lengths to get off benefits and back to work.

Ben Whittaker, 22, of New Road, Halifax, says he’s so fed up of being on Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) - he took out an advert in the Courier, pictured, seeking employment.

For the past four years, Ben’s been on JSA - a lack of permanent full-time work has made financial sense for Ben to be on benefits, he says.

“I’m desperate to get out and get working - I’ve done bits of labouring but will do anything - retail would be good.

“I decided to do something to get a potential employer’s attention after seeing how many people are applying for one position at the Job Centre. I hope an employer will see the advert and realise I’ve got potential. I’m hard working, honest and reliable.”

Former St Catherine’s, Holmfield, pupil Ben left school in 2008 and went on to Calderdale College to study on an ‘entry into employment’ course.

After leaving college at 17, Ben worked as a glass collector at Acapulco nightclub, Halifax, but left after 18 months because he couldn’t get enough hours, he says.

Ben says he has already had contact from possible employers and is over-the-moon that his advert secured him his first-ever interview at a manufacturing company in Elland, yesterday.

He says he has been touched by well-wishing messages from Courier readers.

“If there’s an employer out there who thinks I might have the right skills for them; I’d love to hear from you,” he said. Ben’s mobile number is 07749 831 677.