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Sian's story

Sian, a Progress Housing Group tenant, approached our Progress Futures service for help in securing paid employment. Not only did Sian gain a new job and new skills through the service, but the confidence to fulfill her aim for financial independence.

After hearing about the Group's Progress Futures service through the job centre, Sian self-referred and initially joined the service lacking confidence and with no paid work experience and needing support to improve her job searching skills and help to put together a CV.

'I wanted to find work that would enable me to come off Universal Credit and I wanted to learn new skills by carrying out different training courses.

I have found the support extremely helpful and invaluable as without it I would not be in the position I am in today. The support given to me allowed me to carry out some work experience at Progress Housing Group in the Progress Lifeline service. As a result of this work experience I have now obtained three months’ paid work within Progress Lifeline. I am now able to save for numerous things and I have started saving for a car which I was unable to do so when I was on Universal Credit.

I have been helped with a number of different things such as, confidence, job applications, learning new skills, help with CV, travel costs and training courses.

I am working full-time at Progress Housing Group learning a range of new skills that is helping prepare me for further employment opportunities. I am still gaining the support of Progress Futures to find further employment once the three months comes to an end. My long-term goal is to obtain permanent work at Progress Housing Group as the staff are extremely helpful and I am really enjoying my time here.

Progress Futures has helped me to increase my confidence and it has helped me find paid work.'

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