Yara Silva joined the Working Together project after being unemployed for over 6months and was advised by the JobCentre that the programme may be able to help.
Originally from Brazil, Yara had been working as a technical consultant carrying out research as a medical and clinical professional. Since moving to the UK she was struggling to secure similar work. Yara had been able to find jobs in care and dental nursing in the UK but her dream was to move into clinical research and fully utilize her skills, knowledge and past experience.
When she joined Working Together’s Bilston delivery partner, Bilston Resource Centre (BRC), she felt her main barrier was her verbal communication as English was not her first language, along with her lack of experience in working in the UK.
Yara completed a variety of courses at BRC including her ESOL qualification to help improve her English, IT and computer training. She also received one to one support and staff helped her to update her CV, search for suitable jobs and supported her with interview preparation. She had lost confidence before she joined BRC but found the Working Together project helped her improve her self-esteem again.
Adam Bhardwaj, Project Manager, said: “Yara demonstrated determination, commitment and hard work whilst making the best use of the services available through the Working Together project”.
Yara has come a long way since joining the programme - she has achieved her ITQ Level 2 qualification. Her spoken English has improved since attending the ESOL classes and she has also attended mock interviews to prepare her for clinical research vacancies she was applying for.
After 3 months on the programme and with the support she received coupled with her hard work and determination, Yara is now working at the NHS as a Clinical Research Officer and has relocated to Weston Super Mare. She is really enjoying her new job and feels that the kindness of BRC staff and volunteers on the Working Together project helped with her achievements and success.
Yara said: “I wouldn’t have been able to get through this challenging time without the help and support I received at BRC through Working Together”.
City Deal ‘Working Together’ is a pilot project which aims to increase the employability and employment of 2,800 long-term unemployed and economically inactive Black Country social housing tenants, and move 900 of them into work over a three year delivery period.
For further information, please contact Jacki Lakin, City Deal Director, on 01902 571201.