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Case Studies

Our goal is to help you achieve your goals. But it is not just a paperwork ambition – it is already happening in real life.

These case studies provide examples of how Norfolk Community College is changing people’s lives for the better through training, job placements, volunteering, debt and benefit advice and disability support.

However, don’t take our word for it – our participants say it so much better.

FM’s Story

February 20, 2023

As an ex-offender, FM found things have dramatically changed, and are both different and challenging to understand from his pre-prison days. His main goals were to gain employment and find a place to settle down but was not sure of how to do this. Having been put in touch with the Norfolk Community College project he was able to learn... read more

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Steve’s Story

February 17, 2023

The Norfolk Community College project’s ‘Sector Based Work Academy’ has provided support to many participants across Norfolk, including Steve Whittle – better known as Mr. Kayak! Steve was unemployed for a number of years due to having a back problem that stopped him from working as a builder. Steve had an idea for a business and needed help and advice... read more

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Graham’s Story

September 14, 2022

After spending 33 years working with the Valuation Office in Bristol, Graham relocated to the area and during lockdown realised that he needed to regain employment. It soon became very clear to him that he was out of date with the work search process which caused panic to set in. An advert for the Norfolk Community College project caught Graham’s... read more

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Netanya’s Story

August 17, 2022

Before she found help from Norfolk Community College, Netanya had been out of work for two years as she had been injured during initial training for the Royal Air Force and was medically discharged. Having worked for a few years as a mechanic, she underwent surgery for her injury, which left her unable to work. After some time to recover... read more

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Shahida’s Story

August 11, 2022

Before enrolling in the project, Shahida was a full-time mother caring for her three children whilst looking for employment, as her last job role was as a foster carer in 2016. She first heard about Norfolk Community College and Future Projects from Voluntary Norfolk, where she enrolled as a participant. Whilst on the project, Shahida received support with her English-speaking... read more

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Sean’s Story

August 4, 2022

Prior to when the Norfolk Community College project was founded, Sean was unemployed and feeling low due to not receiving much help from the job centre. He was placed with Joleen by his work coach who helped him complete a customer service and I.T course that gave him two City and Guilds certificates which helped him back into employment. Fast... read more

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Lana’s Story

June 23, 2022

Lana Deaton is one of our previous BBO participants. She originally qualified with a Foundation Degree in Spa Management and Beauty Therapy but since having her 2 children has wanted to change her direction and achieve some qualifications to help her follow her passion for working with animals. After becoming a full-time mum, Lana has lost her confidence in herself... read more

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Chris’ Story

June 17, 2022

Following the passing of his son and suffering his eighth anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear in his knee, Chris struggled with mental health problems for thirteen years and was unable to pursue his job in the catering industry as he felt both lost and anxious about the future that was ahead of him. That’s when he discovered the Building Better... read more

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Gail’s Story

June 9, 2022

Gail is currently one of Future Projects many bright trainees working on the Norfolk Community College project, however, this was not always the case. Previously, as a participant on the Norfolk Community College Project, Gail initially met with Stuart from Voluntary Norfolk who explained to her the project and how the 1-1 program they would be doing together would help... read more

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Stephanie’s Story

May 26, 2022

Stephanie was a single mother working with the jobcentre to actively seek employment. She heard about the Norfolk Community College project from her job centre coach who made an appointment with one of the skills connectors, where she was then happy to enrol and continue as a project participant. From there she attended weekly 1-1 appointments with her skills connector... read more

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