Teenager’s job plea after setbacks

Jobseeker Brian Martin-Osland
Jobseeker Brian Martin-Osland

A TEENAGER has made a heartfelt plea for a job after suffering a string of setbacks including the death of his dad.

Brian Martin-Osland, 19, has unsuccessfully applied for more than 200 jobs in the last two years in areas from Glasgow to Reading.

Brian, who has been training as a plumber at Hartlepool College of Further Education and has just completed a Level 2 course, has overcome a string of family setbacks including his dad’s five-year health battle.

His dad, also called Brian, died of a brain tumour in January this year aged 62 after successfully battling two previous tumours in 2008.

The Hartlepool dad of two fought back and completed a gruelling 240-mile charity bike ride from Edinburgh to Hartlepool.

The epic feat raked in £1,032 for Professor Phil Kane and his team at the neurology department at the James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough, which cared for him.

Following his dad’s death, young Brian then became a carer for his mum Anita, 51, who is disabled.

Then to add to his woes his granddad, Maurice Martin, 74, underwent heart surgery in July after a heart attack.

It comes after the Mail launched our Work in Progress campaign to highlight the plight of jobseekers in Hartlepool who are battling to find work.

Latest figures show that 4,502 people in the town claimed Jobseeker’s Allowance in June, which is 7.7 per cent of adults in Hartlepool and is 3.9 per cent higher than the national average.

The situation for people aged 18-24 is worse, with 15.9 per cent out of work.

Brian, who lives in Wansbeck Gardens, Hartlepool, said: “I must have applied for more than 200 jobs. I’ve tried all over Hartlepool, the North-East and even as far as Glasgow. My uncle lives in Reading and I’ve even tried there.

“I heard back from less than a quarter of them and only had three or four interviews. It’s the smaller companies that get back to you, but they all say they don’t have the work.

“I’ve been looking for any kind of job for about two years but haven’t found anything yet. The training is good but I’d much rather have an apprenticeship.”

Brian’s determination to find a job showed when he attended an interview in January the day before his dad’s funeral.

Mum Anita, a former nurse, said: “It was organised before his dad’s condition got worse. It all happened so suddenly. He knew about the interview before he died. Brian did it for his dad.”

Despite this dedication the interview was unsuccessful and Brian had to return to the search.

Anita said: “He helps with the day-to-day jobs around the house and I’d be lost without him. I just want him to have the chance to do something of his own. Everything’s been going against us, just one thing after another.

“He’d love an apprenticeship, but he’d take anything – part time, full time, anything. All he wants is a chance and he would give 110 per cent to any employer.”

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