Last month, Becky (aged 19) started an Employability course through ECL, where we will support her with the skills, experience and confidence to secure paid employment.


"I want to get a paid job, not just a voluntary job"

During her first meeting, Becky told us about her ambition to work in a caring role, particularly with children and that she’d love to be able to earn her own money.

Over the next 12 months, the ECL team, including Becky’s dedicated trusted assessor, Andrea, will work with Becky to develop her skills in areas such as budgeting, travel training and interview techniques.

As well as this, Becky will have the opportunity to achieve accredited qualifications through organisations including ASDAN and City and Guilds.

Keep your eyes peeled as we follow Becky’s journey over the coming months on our website and social media #journeytosuccess.

Becky’s diary – instalment 2

My first month on the Employability course was a very busy one to say the least, and I even managed to achieve two qualifications to add to my CV.

First, I completed a one-day Food Safety course at Colchester Borough Council, which involved learning about the correct food storage, hygiene and cooking practices. At the end of the day I had to complete a test, which I passed and received a certificate. I also attended a First Aid course with the Red Cross, which I really enjoyed. I got to learn lots of new First Aid skills and meet new people – and I’m now a qualified First Aider!

Andrea (my Trusted Assessor) and I have been looking in to different career options and I’m still really keen to work somewhere within the caring industry. We are in talks with a nursery in Walton to possibly arrange a work placement as I’d love to gain some hands-on experience in that environment.

During the Covid-19 situation, Andrea and I are keeping in touch over the phone to discuss the different activities I can do from home, and I am currently completing some ‘Money Skills’ training from my computer.

I’m really looking forward to continuing on my journey to employment over the coming months!

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