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Employability support boosts customer's confidence

Carrie-Ann Griffin (28), who lives in Daventry, is one of the first Futures customers to benefit from an innovative employability and training initiative that aims to help people back into work. Carrie-Ann, who suffers from ADHD and lacks confidence after being bullied at school and becoming unemployed, has been supported to volunteer and carry out work experience.

Looking for opportunities to better herself, Carrie-Ann attended a careers fayre held by Futures. After completing an employment assessment, which involved identifying existing skills and experience and what training might be needed, she completed a four-week work experience placement.

“It’s great to be able to learn new things and fantastic to have support from Futures,” said Carrie-Ann.

“My mum’s very supportive but I needed somebody outside of the family to talk to. I’ve enjoyed being in the office and experiencing a different working environment. I’m sure it will help me in the future.”

During her time with Futures, Carrie-Ann learned a number of skills and even helped other customers find and apply for jobs. She is now seeking training and employment opportunities.

“The whole experience has been very worthwhile,” said Carrie-Ann.

“I’ve gained confidence and it’s made me more motivated. It’s given me a purpose, a reason to get out of the house and got me back into a more regular routine. I’m now ready to challenge myself and try things that are out of my comfort zone.”

Futures Housing Group Chief Executive, Lindsey Williams, said: “Carrie-Ann is a great example of somebody embracing an opportunity to learn new skills and better prepare themselves for work. Through our employability and training service we are committed to supporting our customers find a job or re-train for a new career. Ultimately, this will help strengthen the local economy and create better communities.”

Jo Miller, Employability & Community Officer at Futures Housing Group, added: “Carrie-Ann has shown enthusiasm in trying new things and taking responsibility. We are keen to work with as many customers as possible to help them get into work. We’re also working closely with the local Job Centre and looking for local businesses that can provide support with work experience placements.”

Futures’ Employability and Community team will be joining Access Training, the apprenticeship and trainee provider it co-owns, at the Danetre and Southbrook Learning Village in Daventry on 25 August for GCSE results day to offer advice and support to students that have received their final grades.

Customers wanting to access the support on offer or local companies that maybe interested in providing placements are encouraged to call 0300 456 2531.

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