Stacey’s Story

Photograph of a young female wearing a hat and scarfStacey was referred to Talent Match by Medway Youth Trust, and joined us on her 18th birthday. She has now been working with us for 10 months.

She quickly established a relationship with her mentor who supported her to study and achieve Maths and English qualifications. Stacey then completed a traineeship with a care home, working with adults with special needs.

“Stacey completed the traineeship and was all set to start her apprenticeship”

Keeping in contact with her mentor throughout her traineeship, Stacey did really well. She received positive feedback and was offered an apprenticeship upon completion. Stacey completed the traineeship and was all set to start her apprenticeship. However the management of the care home said that they could no longer afford to fund the apprenticeship. Therefore Stacey was unfortunately made redundant.

Stacey was obviously very upset about this but was determined to secure a job as quickly as possible. She was determined not to go back to claiming job seekers allowance. She met with her mentor that same day and they looked at opportunities in the area, discussing the benefit of agency work. Stacey took the advice of her mentor. By that same evening, she had secured two interviews for a cleaning job and a role in a care home.

Stacey came to meet with her mentor the very next day so that they could go through possible interview questions and discuss the practicalities of the interview such as what to wear etc. Together they built up Stacey’s confidence so that she was able to do her very best at interview.

“If you are dedicated and don’t give up, you will get what you want eventually”

Stacey received a job offer for both positions, and has chosen to accept the care role, as this is in line with her long term career goals. CXK helped to fund the DBS check required for the role, and Stacey started her new job on Monday 30th October. She hopes to stay within this company and develop her career within care.

Stacey, 18 and from Chatham, said: “If you are dedicated and don’t give up, you will get what you want eventually”

At CXK we’re proud to provide training courses, development programmes and emotional support, advice and guidance which help young people to develop the skills and confidence to take their next steps in life.

Whether you’re looking for careers advice, want to develop your confidence, are looking to improve your Maths and English skills, or aren’t in education or employment and unsure what to do next; our services can provide you with the essential skills and confidence you need to ensure you’re in the best position to move forwards. For further details on the services we offer, visit our Services page.

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