My Story by Daisy-Mae

When I left school I went to college to do a course in health and social care as I was a bit unsure about what I actually wanted to do in the future. At the time I was living on my own in a hostel, and I quit my course at college after just a few months as I didn’t have the right resources or support to complete it, and just felt like I wasn’t really getting anywhere.

I then asked if I could be transferred onto a hairdressing course as I had done this for a couple of years as part of a day release programme at school. I found a job with a local hairdressing salon where I soon began a level 2 NVQ in hairdressing. I spent 2 years completing my NVQ in and really enjoyed the learning experience; however I felt like this wasn’t the career path I wanted to take, and started looking for an apprenticeship online. I immediately stumbled across the Way to Work website, and applied for an apprenticeship at council.

Within a few days I was interviewed by Mary and Barri before I attended a competitive interview with the recruiting manager. I was lucky enough to be offered the job straight away, but had to wait two months to actually start work because my CRB check was being processed!

I worked really hard over the course that year studying towards an intermediate apprenticeship in Business and Administration. During this time I encountered severe financial and personal difficulties, but I was always well supported by my Manager, Way to Work and my wonderful assessor.

After all my hard work and struggles I managed to achieve the qualification on time and even picked up an apprentice of the month award on the way!

Coming towards the end of my apprenticeship I didn’t have any natural progression opportunities so I spoke to Way to Work about updating my CV and looking at my work options. Fortunately, the week before I was due to leave the council, Barri phoned me to say that there was a new level 3 employment opportunity within the Revenues and Benefits service at the council. The manager Allan Price was looking to recruit a Way to Work apprentice, and Barri had mentioned me as a suitable candidate for the job. I went for an interview with Allan the following day and was thrilled to be offered the position and the chance to complete my advanced apprenticeship with Way to Work.

This opportunity has really helped me, as I live on my own, and I would have found it extremely hard to cope without employment and the continued support.

Thank you so much to everyone that has helped me get to this point and improve my life.