Joy Miller

Joy enrolled on the Access to Employment programme with Seasiders Learning Centre, Blackpool and The Fylde College.

Joy left work due to external circumstances affecting the role and she had also experienced sickness which had led her to be absent from the job market for 7 years.

Following completion of the programme, Joy secured a job at UBU, an organisation involved with Supported Living.

Name of Delivery Partner: Blackpool and The Fylde College

Name of Participant: Joy Miller

HOW DID Joy FIND OUT ABOUT THE ACCESS TO EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMME?

Joy attended a Job Fair at the Job Centre and met a Programme Leader from Seasiders.

JOY’S JOURNEY SO FAR

Joy had been a full time mum when her daughters were young but then enrolled at college and completed her GCSEs and then progressed to university and graduated from UCLAN with a Social Work Degree. After working for ten years as a Social Worker in child protection Joy left due to external circumstances affecting the role and she had also experienced sickness which had led her to be absent from the job market for 7 years.

NATURE OF SUPPORT PROVIDED:

Joy was given information advice and guidance by the Development Officers throughout the programme. Joy developed her employability, ICT, English and Maths skills and gained knowledge of various vocational areas but specialised in the care sector to maximise her chances of securing employment. Joy received support with writing CV’s, job application forms, interview skills and setting future goals.

HOW HAS Joy BENEFITED FROM BEING INVOLVED?

Joy has now secured a full time job. She has grown in confidence and has refreshed her knowledge of things she had forgotten. The course helped her to recognise how her own skills and knowledge had value in the care sector.

WHAT SKILLS HAS Joy LEARNED?

Joy has gained her confidence and has developed great leadership skills. Joy was able to brush up on her knowledge of disability, the care act and mental health.

JOY’S FUTURE PLANS

Joy is now looking at a supervisor role within her organisation. Joy is looking to return to Social Work in mental health or learning difficulties.

WHAT BARRIERS HAS JOY OVERCOME?

Joy found coming back into training was a massive step for her, however attending the programme has encouraged her to go from strength to strength, which has resulted in her securing employment and looking to the future as a social worker again.