Sally's Story

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Not many people can say they’re doing a job they love, but with hard work and support from Greater Manchester Talent Match, Sally is doing just that – working with children in a nursery.

Breakthrough UK’s Talent Coaches ensured Sally, 21 from Manchester, got the support needed to follow her dreams and start to think about a career with children.

Sally said: “Before I began work I was at home not doing anything at all. I felt like nothing was worth anything.”

A number of issues made her feel as though there were too many barriers for her to ever realise her dream.

Then Sally was paired up with one of Breakthrough’s Talent Coaches and began to work on themes such as her dip in confidence, which she wanted to turn around.

Sally began studying for literacy and numeracy qualifications at evening classes, and received extra support. It meant she could begin to plan to take her GCSEs and ultimately, her goal of studying to be a child psychologist at university.

Breakthrough Talent Coach Richard Philips, who has been working with Sally said: “Sally has made progress in leaps and bounds, and has done fantastically considering the barriers she has had to work extra hard to overcome.”

Sally added: “I’d always wanted to work with children; I love being able to see them grow and learn. Talent Match helped me to grow in confidence, and helped me to get my job.”

Sally’s Manager at Bright Horizons Chloe Barwick said: “Sally has come on really well, her confidence has grown and she is able to work with any age range in the nursery confidently. Sally’s personal development has come a long way and she is working hard to support the children in our nursery.”

Read more stories from people involved in Greater Manchester Talent Match by clicking here.