19-year-old Felicity Lloyd is proof that our Pathways to Work programmes lead to paid employment!
The course is aimed at young people who want to move into employment but need to build their skills, knowledge and self-confidence, and equips them with the skills they need through learning ‘on-the-job’ during work experience placements.
As Felicity was initially considering a career in retail, her first placement was at a Co-op food store where she organised stock, filled shelves and helped with customer enquiries, and she gained further experience by volunteering in a charity shop.
Felicity then moved to a placement with the cleaning team at the college, working three days a week – she became a valued member of the team, learnt how to use cleaning equipment and about health and safety, was able to work independently and showed great commitment with early starts, long days and even coming in to college during the college holidays.
Equipped with new skills and increased self-confidence, Felicity applied for a job as a domestic assistant at Engelberg Residential Care Home, in Compton and, following an interview, was offered the position. She has fitted in well with the team, interacts well with the residents and helps out in the kitchen when required – with the home manager commending the college for preparing Felicity for the world of work so well.