Amanda was referred to Inspired to Achieve for employment support by Yarlington Housing in April 2017.
Amanda had been working as a personal shopper for Tesco but became unemployed in February. She lives with her husband in a rural location and has to rely on public transport as she cannot drive. Amanda is qualified to Level 3 in childcare but was no longer interested in pursuing childcare as a career due to the demanding paperwork requirements. Amanda had little confidence in her skills and abilities, had no ICT skills and didn’t own any computer equipment to help her with on-line job seeking.
Amanda’s goal was to secure a job in retail as she had some experience in this field although no formal qualifications.
Our i2a Employment Coach (Gill) was able to arrange an initial meeting with Amanda in a Yarlington Housing Community Room within her village location to save having to travel to our offices – this would have involved a journey on 2 buses incurring considerable costs. Amanda had been unable to claim benefits as her husband was working and was finding finances a struggle, she was grateful not to have the extra expense.
Gill supported Amanda with her job seeking by helping to prepare a CV which incorporated her experience and transferable skills; by enabling Amanda to create a Gmail account and to learn how to upload her CV to her Google Drive. Amanda was then shown how to register on Indeed and Universal job match websites in order to be notified of suitable vacancies.
Local ICT courses were explored and the Cosmic incentive course was found to be the most appropriate in meeting Amanda’s needs.
Amanda received further support from Gill whilst attending the Get On job club held weekly at the Town House in Yeovil where she was able to continue to develop her confidence with her job search utilising the job club computers. Amanda was also able to undertake and complete the Cosmic computer course at the same venue (during the job club session times) thus saving on travel costs.
Amanda’s job seeking efforts paid off when she secured 2 interviews within a short period of time.
A further meeting was quickly arranged in the village venue to help with interview techniques.
Having attended an interview Amanda fed back: “Thank you for your great support, the notes you gave me helped a lot, my interview yesterday went well …”
Inspired to Achieve are happy to report that Amanda was successful in securing a job at a local convenience store.
Amanda said: “I want to say a really BIG THANK YOU to Inspired to Achieve (and to other people at job club) for your friendly faces and caring support and your good advice, keep up the good work you do. I will stay in touch by email or if I am in town on Tuesday morning.”
I want to say a really BIG THANK YOU to Inspired to Achieve"