BBO Working Progress Case Studies

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Dostiyo- BBO Employability

Dostiyo is one of the Partner Organisations delivering employability support as part of the Working Progress project, funded by European Social Fund and Big Lottery. Their work focuses on supporting the needs of Asian Women in Northamptonshire.

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The aim of Dostiyo’s work project is to support people who are unemployed or economically inactive on their path to employment; to further their skills & increase self-confidence. They offer 1:1 support with job searches, job applications, CV building, interview skills, accessing volunteering opportunities, training opportunities and much more. Dostiyo support those who may face additional barriers for example with language, lack of self-confidence and poor IT skills.

The project has already supported many participants on their route to employment. Some participants have completed First Aid training, Food Safety in Catering training, IT training, and ESOL class. Others have been supported to secure external volunteering roles, which have enabled them to improve their skills & gain relevant experience in their chosen fields. Many of the participants now feel more confident to search for jobs online and they now know where to search, whilst others have registered with employment agencies. Some participants have even managed to secure paid employment.

Kalsuma, Dostiyo's Support Worker said:  "All the participants are making amazing progress and are taking positive steps to achieve their goals." 

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Participant Story 1:

“Through the project I have learnt skills for jobs, learnt how to online shop, use Microsoft Word, computer shortcuts and I have also completed a food safety course and a customer service course.  It has helped to give me confidence-practicing job applications and interviews. I have recently begun volunteering at Dostiyo and at a library; I would love to work with children either at a school or as a child-minder. From being part of the project I have a job interview at an elderly care facility as a catering assistant, as I gained my food hygiene certificate from completing the food safety course.”

“Dostiyo’s project is really good; it has given me experience in different areas to add to my CV, it has also helped my communication skills from volunteering on reception and serving lunch”.

Participant Story 2:

“The project has helped me to search for jobs online and learn new skills on the computer. It has helped my communication as I am now trying to speak English more and now understand it more. It has grown my confidence.  I did the first aid course and I am part of the Childcare Cooperative with BBO”.

 “Dostiyo’s project is very good help and everyone is friendly.”