Leanne had not worked for ten years before she attended Work EastRen’s Specialise in Security training course in September 2018. She had studied at college during that time but as a busy mum of four she decided to focus on bringing up her children. This year her youngest child reached school age and Leanne began to look for a job. She wanted to learn new skills and train for a career rather than just taking any job.
I’d encourage others to try and learn new skills, push yourself because it is worth it in the end.
She saw a post about the Specialise in Security course on Work EastRen’s Facebook page. She registered her interest to attend an information session about the course which was being held locally. She went along and learnt that the course involved developing her personal skills as well as gaining a recognised industry qualification - the SIA licence. The course also had strong links with employers and the potential to secure a job at the end. The course appealed to her, so she applied for a position and was pleased to be accepted onto the course.
The first week of the course focused on developing her employability skills, and the second week was related to security industry training. She particularly enjoyed being part of a group for the course.
On completion of the course and on being awarded an SIA door security license, Leanne has started a new job as a security guard in a retail store. The support provided by Work EastRen has helped her to feel more confident about having the right skills to do the job well. Her employer has also been supportive in offering her fixed shifts which allows her to balance her new job with childcare. Leanne said of the support she received “I’d encourage others to try and learn new skills, push yourself because it is worth it in the end”.