Helping local residents get back to work
The Work Club at Allen Park, which is funded by Allenton Big Local and delivered by Derby Adult Learning Service continues to offer support and advice for Allenton residents who are looking for work.
Fabiola Hernandez, 43, first came to the Allen Park Work Club seeking advice and support to help her gain the skills she needed to get back into work. Fabiola once had a successful career in the cruise line industry, doing various roles including waiting tables, working as a casino cashier, and as a casino assistant manager on a cruise ship. After settling in this country and raising a family, Fabiola would now like to get back into employment. She has two children who attend school in the Allenton area.
Fabiola received help from the Work Club to create an up-to-date CV and she was also encouraged to enrol on the First Click Computer class. She used the 220Soft Universal Job Match training programme to learn more about employment skills and interview techniques, from which she learnt a lot. After accessing this support, Fabiola was able to get voluntary work at Alvaston Infants/Junior School and also at a local Charity shop. She feels that this has given her valuable experience and prepared her for finding work.
Recently, Fabiola applied online to the new Aldi store in Alvaston for a store assistant vacancy. Fabiola says:
“I am hopeful I can find suitable work that I can fit around my schedule with the children. The Work Club has been a very valuable resource for me. I was able to create my CV and seeing my career and qualifications written down has been great. I’m grateful for all the help I have received.”
Unfortunately, Fabiola wasn’t able to take up a position at Aldi because the shift patterns didn’t fit around her childcare arrangements. However, she continues to volunteer at the local charity shop for the foreseeable future.