Confidence Boost for Christina

Christina Allen, from Wolverhampton, had been out of work for some time when she heard about an employment course being ran for deaf people, entirely in British Sign Language (BSL), by Zebra Access

The 43-year-old had been applying for jobs but found herself not being successful either in the application or in interview stages. She realised that it was her CV that was letting her down, and she felt that in order to boost her job prospects, she needed to refresh it to avoid further knocks to her confidence.

Christina had previously attended workshops ran by Zebra and they got in contact about an employment course. Eager to boost her chances of finding a job, she signed up.

Zebra Access, who received a community grant worth nearly £12,000 from the West Midlands Leaders Board's and Skills Funding Agency's regional European Social Fund programme, ran the course over a 12-week period and assisted 10 deaf learners with improving their CVs, brushing up on their interview skills and filling out application forms. The course also helped them to understand their disability rights and apply for benefits.

Speaking about the course, Christina said: "After being out of work for some time, I found the course really useful. Not only has it given my self-esteem a boost, I am now armed with a good CV and I feel like I can go into interviews with confidence."

"The course has enabled me to meet people who have been experiencing the same problems as me, and I feel like I have been given a new lease of life. I now feel ready to start applying for my dream job as a mental health worker, as the course has inspired me, and I want to be successful in my future career."