A Sheffield mum, who undertook further learning to show her son that life on benefits wasn’t the norm, has won a regional award.
Terri Scott, of Woodthorpe, was one of five South Yorkshire learners to pick up awards at a celebration event of the Flexible Fund training programme, delivered by Working Links.
Terri, aged 26, picked up the ‘Learner over 25’ award, having undertaken a personal development training course in a show of commitment towards her five-year-old son Daniel.
She said: “It was great to be even nominated for an award, let alone win one. I feel very proud. I wanted to do it for my own development and to show my son that life isn’t about being on benefits, it’s about doing something with your life.
“My confidence has grown a lot and I’ve just landed a job working as a community care worker which is fantastic. I can’t wait to get started. I want to take on more training, build a career for myself in the care industry and hopefully one day become a senior nurse.”
The programme, which has been funded by the Skills Funding Agency and the European Social Fund, has supported almost 3,000 unemployed people into training opportunities designed to enhance their employability since July 2014. Candidates were given access to free accredited training in a number of sectors and 300 people have already gained employment as a result.