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Scheme gives Lichfield woman a chance to kickstart her career

A Lichfield woman is celebrating after being given a helping hand to kickstart her career.

Tracey Smart

Tracey Smart

Tracey Smart, 46, was recruited as part of the Opportunities for Employment scheme run by Bromford.

The project offers the company’s residents the chance to take up six-month paid placements.

The opportunity was gratefully received by Tracey who worked for 27 years before being diagnosed with ME.

She admits that the illness left her low on confidence.

“I was having an horrendous time and had no support from my work. I simply couldn’t function,” Tracey explained.

“When this new opportunity came up, I decided to give it a go and am now very proud to say that I am an assistant administrator providing support to our Staffordshire Neighbourhood team.

“I feel I’ve got my life back.”

Ten people were recruited onto the scheme originally – with five of them earning two year apprenticeships and three continuing with extended placements.

Click below to hear Tracey talking about her story:

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