Laura has been working at The Blue Badge Company for three months now. Here she shares her story about what it was like being on Project Search, working with a Job Coach at Sixteen Co-operative and her experience of finding employment:
“I did Project Search in January 2020 and as part of that, I completed work experience at:
Laura then worked with a Community Job Coach at Sixteen Co-operative Ltd through the We Work for Everyone Programme. They worked together on her job search and what was important to her.
“The things that were important to me for my job search were:
We found the job at Blue Badge. They are a creative company and make and package different kinds of products like wallets for blue badges, doorstops, lap trays, iPad stands, all kinds of things.
Instead of an interview, I did a work trial to get an understanding of the job. They asked me questions at the end. They were really impressed with me and they offered me the job while I was on holiday!
I felt happy and excited!
I did some travel training with my job coach to get off at the right bus stop for work and then I would do the walk to Blue Badge. Now I get the bus independently every shift.
I had a job coach support me when I started, they helped me learn the role, and talk to my manager if need any help. Now I am doing my job independently.
What difference has it made having a job? It has made a lot of difference. I am now out of the house and I am earning my own money, it has really helped me with my confidence.
To anyone thinking about finding a job and working with a job coach, I would say: “Just go for it!””
It has been a great process for Blue Badge too, here’s what Krista, Business Administrator at Blue Badge had to say:
“It has been a real pleasure working with both Laura and Elizabeth [Laura’s Job Coach] at Sixteen Co-op. The hiring process couldn’t have been easier and as we are a company who support and champion diversity in the workplace, we feel very lucky to be able to work alongside such a wonderful enterprise and be able to support Laura in her journey.”