Abigail came to Works Better 15-25 in April. She had previously been a student at Kirklees College but due to unforeseen circumstances could no longer continue the course she was on.
Abigail was motivated to get into work but had many barriers stopping her which included some health conditions and a lack of practical work experience. She was keen to get into work and through one to one catch ups with her Key Worker, the pair identified that she had very different short and long term plans.
To build her confidence and experience, it was agreed that the best course of action would be to take small steps towards work and utilise the opportunity to access the in-work support once she was in work to help her continue working and keep on top of her health conditions.
The work-ready assessment was completed and although she was motivated and keen to get into work it was clear that there were some gaps in knowledge with regards to applying for vacancies and knowing what types of jobs where available.
Abigail worked closely with her Key Worker to identify the skills she had that would stand out to an employer and how to present this in a way which would allow her to stand out for other applicants.
She updated her CV and decided to attend a workshop - how to complete application forms - to make her stand out to employers. This built up her confidence and she started to attend the weekly job clubs where she would apply for jobs and get a better understanding of the jobs available locally. In a one to one with her key worker, Abigail was incredibly keen to apply for an exclusive Works Better vacancy for an Apprentice Play Worker.
A Works Better Job Connector had a conversation with Abigail about the role and arranged a work trial opportunity for her with the employer, to showcase her skills to the employer and ensure it was the right job and environment for her. The feedback from the employer was extremely positive and complementary and they offered her the position. Abigail was also offered a small part-time cleaning job shortly afterwards from an application she completed at a job club.
Abigail was over the moon at the amount of progress she has made within such a brief space of time. She will still be accessing support from her key worker to ensure that she is happy in work and receives support if and when she needs it.
By providing one to one support, careers advice, managing her expectations of work, providing training and connecting her to exclusive apprenticeship vacancies Abagail’s confidence has grown tremendously and she is now in an apprenticeship which is something that she never expected to progress to in a short space of time.