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Employment Services - Good News Story - Christine Evans

Christine Evans had worked at the Button Badge Company for an impressive 34 years before the company went into liquidation which unfortunately made Christine redundant from her Production Operative role back in May 2018.

Christine was actively job seeking between May and September but was not getting any response from jobs she had applied to. She was referred to Vestia Training through her work coach at the local job centre to get support in securing work. She attended one of the recruitment sessions that they deliver each week at Kidderminster Job Centre. Christine was open to any help she could get and wanted to know how she could benefit. Following receiving the information at the recruitment session, Christine decided to take part in the 9 day Employability program also delivered by Vestia Training. 

Christine said: “I wanted to learn more and keep up to date with everything. I had been involved with producing buttons and badges for over 34 years and when I started working there, I had an informal chat about the vacancy and started work the next day. It's all changed now, you need a CV, be computer literate and have the confidence to sell yourself at interview.”

Christine made good use of the support available, she completed the Employability course then moved onto two other courses, also delivered by Vestia; Digital Skills and Character Education receiving certification for all three.

Two months later, Christine was fortunate enough to secure a part-time cleaner position with International Glazing Services (IGS) on a temporary contract. To date the contract has been extended as Christine has proved the value she adds to IGS.

We asked Christine what she was able to take away from the programs studied, she said: “I picked up lots of new information while at Vestia. The most useful part was the interview techniques on the Employability course. I did not realise how important researching the company was and also getting feedback on my interview performance was excellent; this has improved my confidence so much. Taking part in the Digital Skills course has taught me not to be afraid of computers and keep practicing.”

She went on to say: “I would recommend the course to anyone, my advice is to just give it a go!”

Christine is currently on a temporary contract with IGS but is hoping for a permanent contract in the near future.

If you are looking for a job or have been out of work for a while, Vestia Employment Services can help.

Our employability programme is a FREE course open to all residents aged 19+ within the Wyre Forest, the course will provide you with all you need to know about finding work, including;

•          Improving your interview techniques

•          Perfecting your CV

•          Assistance filling in application forms

•          Support with looking for advertised vacancies

•          Access to the internet and computers

•          One-to-one support and advice

•          Further training, apprenticeships and work experience options

For more information, phone a Vestia Jobs Coach on 01562 733133 or email to take your first steps in getting into work.

Published - 15 Jan 2019

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