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Michael King

Michael King, 56, from west Hull, was unemployed for over four years before enrolling on the Pathway to Employment programme.

He was offered a job as an operative with Atlas Leisure Homes at the end of his placement there.

"I'd spent most of my life as a semi-skilled joiner, working on contracts all over the country. It was when a project I was working on in London came to an end that I found myself unemployed and struggling to find work.

"It's so pleasing to be back into work. I feel as though I have got some self respect back and I'm enjoying my new role. I'm learning new things every day and building on my existing skills.”