Sharon had previously been employed as a factory worker on a busy production line. This job ended when Sharon became a mum for the first time.

After having her baby, Sharon felt it was time to return to work. However, the factory she had previously worked at was due to close and she no longer had a job to return to. Sharon remained unemployed for a number of years after endlessly trying to find employment in many areas. When Sharon joined the CWP programme, JJ Training discussed her previous work experience and the areas of work she was interested in. Sharon said she was keen to work within retail but had no previous experience in this area.

JJ Training helped Sharon prepare for interviews by performing role play exercises which gave Sharon more confidence. An interview was arranged with Real Aid, a charity retail shop in Bridlington, for a 6 week voluntary placement. The feedback Sharon received from Real Aid following this voluntary placement was positive and Real Aid were happy to take her on a placement as part of the CWP programme.

The manager of Real Aid commented that Sharon had worked really hard and learned various new skills in a short space of time including cash handling and dealing with donations. Sharon feels that her confidence has increased whilst being on placement and that she has learned so much about team work and customer service. Sharon feels that the CWP programme is going a long way to helping her improve her chances in gaining new skills. She is happy that she will be able to add Real Aid onto her CV after her placement ends and can gain a good reference when applying for future employment opportunities.

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