Employment success for Michelle

choices case study
Michelle Hastain, who took part in Broadland District Council's Choices programme

Published: Wednesday, 1st May 2019

Out of work residents in the district are being offered the chance to improve their employability, brush up on skills and improve their confidence.

The Council's Choices programme offers a free 12-week course which takes a personal approach to getting people back into work experience or volunteering with small, friendly groups that meet each week.

Based at Carrowbreck House in Hellesdon, Choices enables Broadland residents to identify their skills and qualities, improve or write a CV, practice interview techniques, find out about training courses (including English and maths), and get help finding work or volunteering opportunities.

One of Choices latest success stories is Michelle Hastain, who had been working five hours a week for a library but needed more hours and permanent work. Michelle heard about the course through a friend who had completed it and successfully found work. She felt she needed direction and interview technique practice, as well as skills based development.

After successfully completing the Choices programme and discovering a passion for Excel, Michelle secured a job here at Broadland District Council as a Payments Administrator.
Michelle said: "Choices is brilliant - I loved it and they were all so friendly. It's a relaxed course; it's not intense or stressful and you're never put in the spot. It definitely gave me the confidence to go ahead and apply for the job that I got.

“I would definitely recommend it to other people – it’s so empowering and built up my confidence and abilities.”

Broadland residents interested in finding out more about the Choices programme should call 01603 430449 or email jane.bagley@broadland.gov.uk.


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