Real stories of Progress

Sian's story

After hearing about the Group's Progress Futures service through the job centre, Sian self-referred and initially joined the service lacking confidence and with no paid work experience and needing support to improve her job searching skills and help to put together a CV.

'I wanted to find work that would enable me to come off Universal Credit and I wanted to learn new skills by carrying out different training courses.

I have found the support extremely helpful and invaluable as without it I would not be in the position I am in today. The support given to me allowed me to carry out some work experience at Progress Housing Group in the Progress Lifeline service. As a result of this work experience I have now obtained three months’ paid work within Progress Lifeline. I am now able to save for numerous things and I have started saving for a car which I was unable to do so when I was on Universal Credit.

I have been helped with a number of different things such as, confidence, job applications, learning new skills, help with CV, travel costs and training courses.

I am working full-time at Progress Housing Group learning a range of new skills that is helping prepare me for further employment opportunities. I am still gaining the support of Progress Futures to find further employment once the three months comes to an end. My long-term goal is to obtain permanent work at Progress Housing Group as the staff are extremely helpful and I am really enjoying my time here.

Progress Futures has helped me to increase my confidence and it has helped me find paid work.'