Fatiha's story

Before Capital Talent I used to put myself down... Now I want to work my way up!

Fatiha“Before Capital Talent (youth employment programme) I used to put myself down, I would get out of bed at 3pm. In the first two/three weeks, the Capital Talent programme made me think ‘I can do it, I can go somewhere.’ When I started on Capital Talent I wasn’t thinking beyond admin roles but the life coach saw what I’m like and she said I could be a manager. Now I want to work my way up!”

“Before in my mock interviews I was so rude and chewing gum but they taught me how to be at the Barclays Employability Days. The volunteers were telling us the Do’s and Don’ts, they looked at my CV, told me to change paragraphs to bullet points to make points stand out. One lady even gave me her CV so I could compare.”

“The same questions came up in the interview for the Apprentice Receptionist/Administrator role with Gen [Employment Service Manager] as in my mock interviews with Barclays so I knew what answers to say. With the interview I felt like I knew what I was doing, I knew what to say to catch her eye.”

Fatiha was successful in her interview and worked with the Employment Team for a year whilst completing her Level 2 Customer Service qualification. At the end of her apprenticeship she was supported to find work and is now employed as a Patient Assistant at the local GP practice.

“With other training programmes when you are done, that’s it. With Capital Talent they still contact you. That’s why I have recommended it to my friends.”