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Three Days To A New Life

An Oxford woman who was out of work while caring for her sick mother has found a new job – caring for others. Charlene Mullee, 26, had been searching for a job for 18 months and felt directionless when she went to A4e for help under the Government’s new Work Programme. She was caring for her mother, and also an elderly couple living opposite her - but never realised her caring nature would lead her to job success. At her first meeting her advisor quickly spotted her potential and organised a Carer training package which enthusiastic Charlene aced. However, with an interview at Care UK lined up Charlene began to panic – about not having a suitable outfit to wear to the interview for the job she so desperately wanted. Advisor Lee Woodley said: “Charlene came to me and explained that she didn’t have any interview clothes to wear, and was panicking. I calmed her down and explained that we could help. Charlene was over the moon - she went out that afternoon and bought herself some trousers and a blouse, brought us back the receipt and was grinning from ear to ear.” In her smart new outfit and inspired by the A4e team, Charlene was offered a job on the spot and will begin her new job on the 23rd September. She said: “I felt down before coming to A4e, my confidence was low where I hadn’t been working. “I am really happy. I had an interview and a job offer within 3 three days of starting at A4e. I now have a job that means I can gain new qualifications - everyone at A4e was friendly and really helpful.” Employment Minister Chris Grayling said: “This is a great example of how the Work Programme is starting to have a positive impact on the employment prospects of thousands across the region. The new Work Programme is revolutionary in the way it tailors support to jobseekers’ needs. People on out-of-work benefits who have previously been shunted from dole queue to training room to dole queue again will now finally be able to access tailored support.”


Three Days To A New Life