In the past two and a half years, shift leader Chris Gresty has helped to produce many thousands of tasty meals for the hungry diners of The Glass House pub in St Helens. Yet Chris is still hungry for success and will shortly complete his training at the Wetherspoon's Catering Academy to become a Kitchen Manager.
Prior to being supported into his catering role by Ingeus, 31-year-old Chris was unemployed for 18 months despite relentlessly applying for jobs.
"I wanted to work but the more I tried, it seemed the further I was from succeeding. It was difficult to stay motivated, I felt very down and lost confidence in ever finding a job," said Chris. "With Ingeus's help I prepared for the Wetherspoon's interview, successfully completed a trial shift and haven't looked back since!"
Chris now oversees the running of the busy pub kitchen, supervising six colleagues and ordering stock.
"I've gained so much by working again," continues Chris. "I'm much more confident and feel able to withstand life's ups and downs more easily. Despite working in a kitchen, I've also lost lots of weight, it's such a busy role and I'm always on my feet.
"I can't wait to complete my management training and possibly move onwards and upwards within Wetherspoons."
Chris's boss Darren Westwood is delighted with his progress. He said: "Chris really demonstrated his aptitude for working in a busy kitchen when he came for the interview and he's gone from strength to strength since. It's great to see him progressing and planning a career at Wetherspoons."