National Apprenticeship Week: Vicky

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This week is National Apprenticeship Week and we are celebrating the successes of our apprentices.

Vicky Bisova was on the Greater Manchester Talent Match programme before getting her job as an apprentice at Greater Manchester Youth Network (GMYN).

Despite struggling with mental health problems, Vicky was desperate to find work and was applying to every job going - even starting a retail job where she lasted for three days before her anxiety forced her to leave.

It was when she applied for an apprenticeship with GMYN, one of delivery partners for Greater Manchester Talent Match, that she found the right place for her.

Vicky has now been working at GMYN for over six months and she is singing the praises of her apprenticeship.

Vicky says, "An apprenticeship was the right route for me because due to my financial circumstances I had to start work as soon as possible, however, I also wanted to gain a qualification. Working at GMYN has helped me turn my life around completely. Through the support I have received by everyone I work with, I have grown in confidence massively. I look forward to my future for the first time in years and I feel like what I do makes a difference."

Alex Fairweather, Cheif Executive at GMYN reflects on Vicky's time at GMYN so dar, "Having Vicky as an apprentice at GMYN has been great. Not only has Vicky brought some much needed support to the team, she has also brought warmth, humour and a willingness to get involved with various projects and learn from them. Vicky has even become involved with trustee board meetings taking minutes which has been great for us and also for Vicky’s own development. We have definitely seen her confidence and skills grow whilst working with us. She is a real asset to the charity."

You can read Vicky's full story on our My Story page.