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Young single mum accesses free training and apprenticeship

Charlotte Sheppard worked at a local hairdresser’s 2 days a week, but was not given the opportunity to progress with her cutting qualifications. This left Charlotte feeling frustrated and unsure of how to further her career in hairdressing.

Charlotte lives in a home managed by Six Town Housing (STH) on behalf of Bury Council, and found out that she was able to access free support through their Steps To Success employment programme. She first accessed a course in 2014 run by Steps To Success, which offered her tailored information on seeking work and confidence building. Through the programme’s links with local employers, Charlotte was then offered an interview with Generation Hair at Red Bank, an Extra Care Scheme managed by STH in Radcliffe.

This led to a hairdressing apprenticeship, which incorporated a Level 2 qualification to boost Charlotte’s skills and employability.

Charlotte said, “My apprenticeship is amazing and my confidence has grown from zero to 100 percent. I will be qualifying in March and hopefully with support from Steps To Success I will then complete my Level 3 qualification. I want to give a big thanks to their staff for everything they have done, as my life has changed so much. I am looking forward to my future in hairdressing and providing a stable future for my little girl.”

Steps to Success can help tenants access apprenticeships, work placements, training and one to one support, with an aim to find them suitable employment.

Sharon McCambridge, Chief Executive at Six Town Housing, said, “Steps To Success aims to support tenants just like Charlotte who may be facing challenges entering the workplace or progressing. Our staff listen to their needs and provide bespoke advice to help develop their skills and confidence so that they can move into a career that fits with their lifestyle.”

Councillor Rishi Shori, Deputy Leader of The Council, said, “This is a great initiative for tenants who live in homes managed by STH, who might be having trouble finding employment. If you need support with your job seeking, I’d encourage you to get in touch.”

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