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Case Studies


Name: Mary
Before Work Focus: After being made redundant Mary’s career needed a jump start.

“Things have changed so much over the years. I felt very nervous, I couldn’t type well and I’ve never been to something like Work Focus before.”

How Work Focus helped: Mary found the lecturers to be extremely helpful, taking the time to help her through the course material on a one-to-one basis, as well as focusing on other issues in the group simultaneously.

“The teacher, Joyce, was incredible. She was very patient, very calm. It’s those little things that make a difference when you’re nervous or unsure of yourself.”

Where are they now? After completing a CV Workshop and Job Search Workshop, Mary has since secured a position at Newham College London as an administrator.


Name: Afjal

Before Work Focus: Afjal had worked in the textile factories of East London for fifteen years, but for the last two has been unemployed and looking for work.

How Work Focus helped: Work Focus helped Afjal to overcome his nerves when speaking publicly or in a group situation, and furnished him with the confidence and know-how he needed to improve his abilities using a computer to create a professional CV and apply for jobs.

“Since I left school looking for a job has changed. Applying for a job has changed. It’s a completely different environment since I last had to look for work. There were no application forms then. The lecturers here have shown me how to write my CV, how to hand it in or how to send it, how to interview, how to present myself – everything. ”

Where are they now? Through completing the course Afjal has been able to take the next steps to employment and is now attending a Pre-Employment programme guaranteeing him an interview with Morrisons upon completion.

“I would not have been able to get to where I am now if it wasn’t for the skills and self-belief I gained from Work Focus.”



Name: Angelo

Before Work Focus: Originally from Italy, Angelo has been in work since he left school at the age of 14 and is a trained plumber. Since relocating to London in 1983 Angelo has done a number of different jobs, but has recently found himself looking for work.

How Work Focus helped: Work Focus has enabled Angelo to focus his experience and combine it with new skills to improve his chances of finding work.

Confidence is very important, but you also need work skills and qualifications. At Work Focus I gained a new skill every day.”

Where are they now? ngelo is now enrolled on a recruitment course and preparing for an interview with Morrisons.

The great thing about Work Focus and the lecturers is that they help people. They give people opportunities.