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International Women’s Day: NOW Group Participants Who Inspire Us

Updated: Mar 8

Ahead of this year’s International Women’s Day on Wednesday 8th March, we have put together some of NOW Group’s most inspirational women and their journeys towards employment.

Sarah’s Story

In 2020 Sarah enrolled in the Loaf Academy course, where she completed an OCN Level 1 in Vocational Skills. Having enjoyed this course so much, she decided to continue her learning by signing up to NOW Group’s OCN-accredited Hospitality Academy.

Sarah gained skills in sandwich preparation, coffee making and housekeeping. During this period of training, Sarah made friendships with other participants and developed her confidence and self-esteem.

Natalie’s Story

Natalie joined NOW Group’s Verve Jobs & Training Programme on 11th August 2022. After weekly one-on-one support from her employment officer, Natalie developed her CV and was ready to start applying for jobs.

Natalie practiced mock interviews with her employment officer and was prepared for the interview invitations she recieved. Natalie hit the jackpot and received an offer of employment from DCK. Natalie now works 5 hours per week in both M&S and River Island displaying jewellery and other accessories.

Shannon’s Story

After joining NOW Group in January 2021 Shannon signed up to attend Essential Skills classes. Alongside this she also took part in NOW Group’s Hairdressing Academy, achieving an OCN Level 1 Award in Vocational Skills.

Whilst attending the Academy, Shannon gained a 6-week placement in a local hair salon called Scissor Sisters in Belfast. Shannon has proven herself to be a real asset to the business and successfully gained part-time employment.