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Michaela started the Building Better Opportunities project in February 2017 following a suggestion that the support offered might be of use and help to move her back into employment. Michaela signed up and worked on a plan of action with her Job Coach Mark. Michaela had just finished studying for her City & Guilds Level 1, Health & Safety in a construction environment.

After a few mock tests on the computer, Michaela soon passed her CSCS test and gained her green labourers card. Michaela continued to work on the BBO project, completing her CV, brushing up on interview skills, opening a Universal Job Match account and gaining support with job search and applications.

In an appointment Michaela and Job Coach Mark approached Karen Campbell, Development Officer for Jessup Brothers Construction. Karen organised for Michaela to attend a construction site in Worcester, to see what was happening locally but also to try to ease Michaela’s anxiety of returning to work. The site visit was a great success and very helpful. Following the site visit, Karen asked if Michaela would like to attend an interview at the site to discuss the possibility of setting up some work experience. This would also give Michaela the opportunity to practice her interview techniques.

A very nervous Michaela attended the interview and gave a fantastic performance, she was able to answer all of the questions professionally, even taking in some photos of the work she had completed previously. Michaela was offered ongoing work experience from August 2017.

Michaela said: "It’s been a tough few years, I have come from being at a very low point in my life to finally feeling like I’m getting somewhere. The support from the team helped with gaining new skills, gave me great experience and helped me boost my confidence. I now have the qualifications I need, a CV, registered on Universal Jobs Match and have done lots of work on interviews. I am looking forward to starting my work experience".

Mark said: "It has been a pleasure working with Michaela, although she is anxious she has attempted everything that we have discussed and planned to assist her moving into employment. I can see a massive increase in her confidence and although she has a way to go I know she will continue until she reaches her goal, good luck Michaela".