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Workington dad in 'gizza job' plea

A Workington father-of-six has resorted to drastic action after struggling to find work over the past two years.

DESPERATE PLEA: Father-of-six Mark Ostle, 45, of Holyoake Terrace, Workington, with his roadside appeal for work

Mark Ostle parked his car in a lay-by near Asda at Dunmail Park on Wednesday and put up banners and signs.

One of his signs read: “Just want to earn a living wage to not have to rely on the state. And I want to feel like a person again!”

Mr Ostle, 45, of Holyoake Terrace, Moss Bay, was made redundant from his job as a senior process operator at Hydro Ellay Enfield Ltd at Lillyhall in April 2012.

After trawling websites every day and applying for hundreds of jobs, he decided to appeal to passing drivers.

Mr Ostle said: “This is the first time I have been out of work and I have found it very difficult. I was in my job for 15 years and thought I would be in it for life.

“I have applied to major companies and small companies in the area. The interviews I’ve had have gone positively and I’ve come out thinking that I have got the job. Then they call and say I haven’t. It’s very frustrating.

“I would love to get another job in manufacturing or engineering as I have the skills and experience but at the moment I would take anything that paid a reasonable wage.”

Mr Ostle said his family had cut back on luxuries, birthdays and Christmas spending.

He has written to Workington MP Sir Tony Cunningham about a lack of courses available at the JobCentre.

Mr Ostle added: “There is a lot of pressure on my wife Karen to bring in money for the mortgage and bills because I only get £240 a month on job seekers.

“It feels awful not being able to buy my children and grandchildren presents because we just cannot afford it.

“There is no real help available for people like me who really want to find a job.

“As long as you are fulfilling the centre’s criteria of applying for jobs every day they are happy with that.”

He added that he will continue with his appeal regularly until he finds work.

Have your say

move away pal and then apply for a job at sellafield it seems to work a treat.in the last 6 months 1,from london 1 aberdeen 1 birmingham and 1 from blackburn have started process jobs on site.what a joke it is how about supporting local labour.

Posted by big ron on 24 April 2014 at 18:29

I wish Mr Ostle all the very best and I hope he finds a job - I know what he's going through. I wrote this poem during my 2 and a half years unemployment (Oct 2010 - Apr 2012). I have now been out of work for 3 montha now and this poem means more today than it did first time round.


When I sign on fortnightly,
I do so with head held high.
But, on occasion, being out of work
has made me break down and cry.

Week after week, I apply for jobs
via dozens of letters and e-mails
From Bar Staff and Customer Service
to Receptionist and Telesales

Every reply is par for the course,
First thanking me for applying
before saying I've not been selected
Cue frustrated groans and sighing

All I want is to break free
from the never ending enigma
of unemployment and find a job
to rescue me from said stigma

I just want the opportunity
to be entrusted with the task
of doing a good job for decent pay
Surely that's not much to ask?

Posted by John Hastings on 22 April 2014 at 21:27

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