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Overcoming barriers

overcoming barriers

People can put up all sorts of barriers for themselves through fear, lack of confidence or simply lack of information. The previous section identifies the most common ones. Individual customers may describe different ones. Unless you tackle the barriers that appear important to the individual customer, it may be more difficult to help the customer move forward.

But some people have very difficult issues to contend with, such as homelessness, alcohol problems or a criminal record.  We deal with these separately in The hardest to help.

Executive and professional 50+ jobseekers may also have particular difficulties. They have often not been made redundant before and are usually unfamiliar with current recruitment methods or the public employment system. They need time for re-orientation and re-motivation. They may also have to face up to the possibility of a career change involving lower status and less well paid jobs. 

This site is for help and information only. It is not meant as an authoritative guide. It is not meant as an authoritative statement of the law, and future changes in the law and other programmes and initiatives could make it less accurate at times. TAEN, the Department for Work and Pensions and the European Social Fund take no responsibility for your use of the information. You should always take professional advice on any specific legal or financial matter.