As a care leaver, Paige had spent time in the care system, and as a result, she lacked self-confidence. in January 2022, Paige engaged with her Job Centre Work Coach, Sharon. Paige had previously worked in Retail but found this wasn’t the industry for her and struggled to manage her anxiety in the environment.
Working with Sharon, Paige built her confidence and self-belief, taking the opportunity to look at various support services and take small daily steps.
Sharon felt Paige was spending much of her time at home, in her comfort zone and sensed she was stuck in a rut. In time, Paige began to express an interest in Catering around this. Sharon and Paige discussed an opportunity with Pathway SkillsZone located in Clarance Arcade, focusing on working in the Hospitality sector.
Paige and Sharon met with the Pathway SkillsZone Delivery Manager, Emma Mortin, to discuss route ways into the Hospitality industry. Emma quickly identified Paige’s enthusiasm and eagerness to engage, examining the components of the Traineeship; Sharon and Emma felt this would be the right option for Paige – Paige agreed.