A job Sofia had never considered possible

Sofia (named changed) came to the UK from Bulgaria and joined the ACE project in October 2018.  Her job in Bulgaria had been working as an Engineer Assistant and she had also worked in retail and office administration. 

Coming to the UK she struggled with language skills and had so far been unable to get a job due to her childcare responsibilities. She was interested in care work but worried her low level of English and lack of qualifications in this field would be a problem.

She needed to improve her English skills and practice job application and interview skills, so we supported Sofia with gaining a place on an English language course (ESOL) and attending a workshop on job applications, and preparing for interviews. 

A photo of a man and woman using a sewing machine

As she worked on gaining her level 2 English Language qualification, Sofia’s ACE Case Officer got to know her more and discovered that she also possessed advanced sewing skills. Adding this to her CV along with her new English qualification meant that Sofia was soon hired by a leading UK textile manufacturer as a full-time permanent machinist.

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