“I got help to get back into work after a 10 year career break”

Sara Roy

Sara Roy, 49 from Wrexham decided to give up work in 2006 to care for her mother after she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

With a teenage daughter to look after as well, she found it impossible to juggle work on top of taking care of both her daughter and mother.

When her mother passed away last year, Sara didn’t know what to do with herself and lacked the confidence she needed to get back into work.

Sara said: “After being out of work for a whole decade I felt like I was completely out of touch with the skills I needed to do the clerical work I did previously.

Feeling lost and out of touch

“With the digital world taking over and new programmes constantly being produced I was very aware that I probably wouldn’t possess the appropriate qualifications or competencies needed to secure an admin role.

“I felt lost and completely out of touch and to be honest I thought I was probably too old to get back onto the career ladder.

“I went to my local Job Centre to seek help, advice and support and they suggested that I tried the Employability Skills Programme.

“I hadn’t heard about it before but they assured me that it would provide me with the opportunity to brush up my existing skills, gain some practical, hands-on experience and the chance of securing a permanent job at the end of it.

“It sounded like the perfect opportunity so I jumped at the chance to give it a go.

Brushing up existing skills and learning new ones

“I felt really supported and reassured that there were plenty of opportunities out there for me, especially with my previous experience and glowing references.

“To help me overcome my digital confidence issues I did a part-time digital skills course as part of the Employability Skills Programme. They also helped me refresh my CV and brush up on interview techniques.

“Before I knew it I’d secured a two-month placement with KWT Accounting as an accounts assistant. I was pretty nervous on my first day but feel like my confidence has really grown over the past few months and I’m learning new skills every day.

Right on the money

“My boss, Ken is really encouraging and is taking time out to train me on any new programmes, systems or techniques I need to do my job as efficiently as possible.

“The Employability Skills Programme has been a brilliant way of helping me to get back into work and shake off any anxieties I may have had regarding my age and abilities.

“I would recommend the programme to anyone who needs a bit of help, reassurance and advice getting back into work after having a career break.”


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