Having overcome a range of challenges, Marie is one of Norfolk Community College’s brightest stars. Marie first came into contact with the project during one of its regular drop-in sessions at Fakenham Library. Discussing her ambition of becoming a Digger Driver with one of the Norfolk Community College’s Skill Connector, Marie had recently signed up to complete a Construction Skills Certificate Skills (C.S.C.S) Health and Safety course to achieve her goal. Marie was worried that she might not be able to pass her exam without some extra assistance. It was quickly arranged for Marie to meet the project’s Employment Development Worker Krissy to agree a plan of action. As Krissy helps participant who require more intensive employment support she was able to make a difference visiting at a place of her convenience due to Marie’s mobility challenges and her parental responsibilities – removing a crucial barrier to success.
Krissy was able to help Marie prepare for her exam by completing a number of revision sessions together. With tensions high, Krissy was also able to support Marie with some top tips for calming anxiety and by attending the test centre on the day of the exam. It came as no surprise to Krissy when Marie discovered that she had passed her exam with flying colours!
“I never thought I would be able to get through this first hurdle…now I think anything is possible”.
Marie’s journey with the Norfolk Community College continues. Our Employment Development Worker Krissy will continue to support Marie. As Marie is looking to gain additional qualifications as a Digger Driver and secure financial support to access the course, Krissy’s support remains in place. Marie is also due to discuss with the project’s Employment Broker shortly about the possibility of visiting a construction site to gain a first-hand insight into the sector. She will also review with the Employment Broker some possible work placement opportunities.
Having registered her CV with a number of construction and excavation businesses in the area, Marie continues to pursue to her goal of finding paid employment – something that the Norfolk Community College project are proud to be a part of.
In Marie’s words:
“The guys from Norfolk Community College have been so helpful. They allow me to set the pace and they understand the disabilities I am living with. I would have been stuck without them. The Employment Development Worker came to my house so I didn’t have to worry about my little girl. Everyone is so down to earth and friendly.”