Success Stories

 

Tracey Perkins - Gained employment with Victim Support

Cornwall Works for Social Enterprise

Tracey had been working within the customer service sector since the age of 14, in both hotels and holiday parks, but felt she was unable to progress within this area.  Tracey was applying for jobs but finding that her lack of recent work experience was a barrier, and therefore seemed to only find seasonal work. After finding DMT Business Services’ website, Tracey contacted them for help. DMT arranged for Tracey to start on their Cornwall Works for Social Enterprise project – a DWP ESF-funded project led by Cornwall Council, which helps unemployed people get back to work through engagement in social enterprise activities.  

As part of her CWSE programme Tracey undertook a work placement in the construction training department helping the trainers providing skills training for young people and jobseekers. The placement helped Tracey to get up to date work experience in Administration and IT and to build her experience, understanding and confidence within this area. Whilst assisting in the Carpentry Department, Tracey used her initiative and organisational skills to create a computer and filing system which is now being used daily.  Tracey used her newly found confidence to apply for a job with Victim Support and was recently told she was successful. 

DMT Business Services is also helping Tracey to build her confidence in driving, so she can cut her time travelling on public transport to and from her workplaces. Tracey, who has a full driving license but has not driven for over 7 years, explained, “This is going to be very useful to enable me to travel to work more efficiently as transport is very difficult in Cornwall.” 

Tracey has now started her training as a Victim Support Care Officer, and says, “I am looking forward to this new venture. I feel that one of my strengths is helping people and I am excited and looking forward to my future challenges”.   As well as working with Victim Support, Tracey is continuing to volunteer with a local Citizens Advice Bureau, and hopes to continue some training in Administration. Tracey says, “I have enjoyed my time at DMT and would have no hesitation in recommending my friends, family or colleagues to undertake training or work placements with them. There is lots of variety and everyone is friendly and helpful.”

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Hannah Brewis - Gained employment with DMT Business Services

Advanced Apprenticeship

Hannah’s confidence had been knocked after being made redundant from two jobs in Customer Service. She felt disheartened and couldn't see a way into employment. After signing on at Jobcentre Plus and expressing an interest in repairing computers, Hannah was referred to DMT  to undertake her NVQ IT Practitioners Level 2 through New Deal.

Hannah successfully completed her Level 2 and quickly moved onto an Advanced Apprenticeship to undertake a Level 3 qualification.Hannah’s determination and enthusiasm, led to her to becoming an Employed Apprentice with DMT. Hannah helps learners with software issues, repairing and building computers, also delivering Key Skills. Hannah is also working towards her A1 Assessors Award. Hannah said: “I have enjoyed training with DMT and hope to continue here. I enjoy the everyday challenges that can arise and I feel like a valued member of staff. The apprenticeship training helped to give me more confidence in my previous abilities, and gave me an opportunity to learn things I would not have been able to at home."

Jackie Ellis, HR Director for DMT said: "Hannah’s story is a good example of how Apprenticeships can help people improve skills in their chosen area of work and develop new career opportunities."

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