Jess, 22, has been enrolled on Progress since October 2017 to help achieve her career goal of working with children.
Her Progress Job Coach, Saba tells her story below.
"When Jess first walked through the Job Shop doors looking for work she was finding it difficult to get past the interview stage and was unsure of what route to take career-wise.
"She told me that she had low confidence and that she has Asperger’s Syndrome so sometimes found social communication difficult. It was decided that Progress was best way to help Jess and she was enrolled the programme which provided support from myself as a dedicated Progress Job Coach alongside support from fellow Progress partner, Positive Youth Foundation to ensure that she had the right tools to build her confidence, employment prospects and social skills to ultimately help Jess to overcome her boundaries.
"After our initial meeting, Jess made it clear to me that she wanted – and was willing - to work hard to improve her chances of getting into employment and recognised that she needed to work on her confidence and mechanisms for how she copes with change.
"Over three months, Jess received support with confidence building, coping techniques, and took part in activity sessions through Progress to improve her social skills as well as help with job searching, interview techniques, and job applications. She made a decision to stick with what she was passionate about and chose to apply for childcare positions.
"After a lot of hard work and motivation, Jess was successful in a number of interviews and as a result, was invited to a work trial which went wonderfully. Since then she has started a Level 2 Childcare Apprenticeship, working in a Nursery full time.
"Jess is very happy to be finally doing something she loves and aims to become a childcare professional. I'm really pleased to have been a part of her journey and that the programme has helped her in such a positive way."
Speaking about the help she's received from her Progress, Jess said: "I couldn’t have done it on my own - thank you to Saba for all your help."
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