Beth's Story

Beth with Talent Coach Karen

Beth joined Greater Manchester Talent Match in June 2016.

At the time, she was claiming Disability Living Allowance and Universal Credit, had no confidence in herself or her skills.

Working with her Talent Coach, Karen from the Education Training Partnership, Beth started to embrace the opportunities that were available to her on the programme.

As part of her journey, she received support to increase her confidence and self-esteem and receiving emotional support to help her overcome her barriers to work.

Karen worked with Beth to find her stable accommodation within supported housing, providing the support and guidance that Beth needed. During her time on the programme, Beth completed a number of Work Stars - a tool for young people on the programme to chart their progression as they go.

Beth said, “Talent Match has helped me discover where my skills are and where I need support. I enjoy looking at my Workstars to see where I have improved and I feel more comfortable now going to places like Job Fares and interviews because of the one-to-one support I have had.”

Once Beth had reached a place in her life where she was comfortable and confident, Karen started to support Beth to look for work. In addition to the support Karen gave, Beth also enrolled on the How to Succeed at: Interviews online course provided by The University of Sheffield, which she found really helpful.

After six months on the programme, Beth had a successful job interview at Bargain Booze, where she now works. Beth is keen to continue to take part in extra training to gain new opportunities - something with Karen is continuing to help with.

Beth said, “I don’t want to work at Bargain Booze forever but I have built on my confidence which will help me in my career path. I have met lots of new friends and hopefully this will lead to bigger and better things. Thank you Karen for your help.”