“I have improved my self-confidence and learnt new things since I enrolled on the BRIDGES Project. I am trying to prepare for the labour market and I am very happy with the progress I have made”

Pasang travelled from Italy to the UK in pursuit of better opportunities for her and her family. Due to the overwhelming necessity to integrate into a new country, learn new customs  and a new language, Pasang felt isolated and lacked awareness of support services available to her.

Pasang initially came to Sandwell Consortium via word of mouth and to enquire about services available to her. The Advice and Community Development staff based at the Confederation of Bangladeshi Organisations (CBO) conducted a range of assessments to determine the level of support required. Pasang was informed of all projects and services provided and delivered at CBO.

As one of Pasang’s key requirements was to up-skill herself and to gain employment, she was enrolled onto BRIDGES.   

Pasang had no vocational qualifications or meaningful work-related training/experience. Since joining the project, Pasang has gained a qualification from Sandwell College in ESOL and is currently in the process of completing an accredited level 1 Nutrition course. Pasang has been pre-registered at Sandwell College to enrol onto an accredited level 1 Maths and English Course in May 2017.

Pasang has been actively volunteering at CBO, developing administrative and customer service skills but most importantly improving her self-confidence and interpersonal skills. Pasang is regularly attending Maths, English and Employability sessions at CBO and also receives regular one-to-one support from the BRIDGES Project Staff around target and goal setting and careers information, advice and guidance. 

Pasang is seeking employment in the Adult Health & Social Care sector and upon successfully completing the Level 1 Maths & English course she is set to enrol onto an NVQ level 2 in Health and Social Care in September 2017.

Sandwell Consortium’s Project Officer says: “Pasang is positive about her future prospects and is motivated in achieving her goals. Since Pasang first enrolled she has made significant progress and has developed her confidence and overcome many barriers. Pasang is a valued volunteer at CBO and BRIDGES project staff are pleased with her progress”.