Chantelle’s journey took her to being an apprentice in a catering setting, where she has grown from strength to strength.
“I’ve been a single mum since my son was born. When he was very young, I lived in a women’s refuge for 8 months. When my son was a little older he went to nursery and I had some free time to start working on myself. I started volunteering at a Sue Ryder shop, which I did for nearly a year. This helped me to get some work experience and grow in confidence. I plucked up the confidence also to work on myself by taking a course. In 2016 to 2017 I started with courses such as ICT, Skills for Employment and Further Learning and Food Safety in Catering, and the following year I completed a maths qualification, construction and Emergency First Aid at Work.
“I really enjoyed learning and became a good student, and made lots of friends in the process. I received lots of support, and with the help of Jill at Clay Cross ACE Centre, I got accepted onto an Apprenticeship in Food Production and Cooking, enabling me to learn while also earning some money. I am now a working mum and really proud of myself for coming so far. I have been very lucky to have a wonderful and happy time with my courses and still enjoying my apprenticeship.
“I think that, no matter what you have been through in life, as long as you’re willing and determined, you can do anything you want.”