Chelsea faced significant barriers to achieving employment. She'd been unemployed since leaving college, lived in care and suffered low confidence and self-esteem.
Chelsea lost her college place due to poor attendance and motivation having fallen in with a ‘bad crowd’. Having engaged with Ilkeston MAT team she was referred to Acorn Training Consultants.
Chelsea identified that she most needed help with identifying her skills and qualities, promoting herself positively and gaining confidence at interview. Despite starting as a quiet and reserved member of the group, Chelsea really came out of her shell and made really positive contributions.
Her attendance was excellent and she was a regular in the Job Club, leading the way with volume and quality of applications, she was an example to others.
Throughout this time Chelsea overcame a facial infection which, with less motivation, may have affected her attendance. She was also recovering from knee surgery following a football injury. More seriously, she was also set a short deadline to find full-time work or face eviction from her care home.
Chelsea remained focussed on her goal. She was and is passionate about food and catering but did not limit her applications. She attended numerous interviews, readily accepting and applying feedback given.
In September, following a successful work trial, she was offered a job at a busy local restaurant; splitting her time between the kitchen and front-of-house.
She was delighted with this and all who worked with her on the Innovate Project were pleased to see Chelsea achieve her goal.
“I found Innovate useful because it gave me the motivation to find a job and helped me with my CV building. I enjoyed the group activities the most and I found the CV/cover letter information most useful.
“The staff always treated me with respect and I would definitely recommend it to someone.”