Who can I ask for a job reference?

I worked for the same employer from the age of 16 up until last month. The placed closed down due to the impact covid-19 had on the company.

The problem is they don't provide personal references about your work performance or a character reference. They only give a reference to prove you worked there. So it only states when you worked from and to

All jobs I'm applying for require a personal work reference as well as at least two character references. Which can't be a family member or friend. I don't know anyone at all who can be a professional or character reference for me. This is preventing my application progressing
Who can I ask for a job reference?
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