A local woman who regularly attended a WDH work club in Pontefract has successfully passed her Phlebotomy course after receiving a WDH Foundation Grant.
Kelly Stott applied for the WDH Foundation Grant to cover the cost of a Phlebotomy course as she had previous experience within the care sector and was keen to progress her career and better her future both for herself and her family.
WDH gave Kelly support to complete the Foundation Grant application form as she struggles with dyslexia. She carried out her own research beforehand and found a training provider who could meet her learning needs, but she couldn't afford the cost of the course independently.
Phlebotomists are people trained to draw blood from a patient for clinical or medical testing, transfusions, donations, or research. The two-day Phlebotomy course took place in York and consisted of both exams and practical sessions including how to take blood, needle stick injuries and infection control.
She successfully passed all of her assessments with a 100% pass mark and received really positive feedback from the tutor about her approach and her commitment. Kelly's next goal is to achieve the further Phlebotomy qualification and gain more experience within the healthcare sector with an updated CV and new qualification she can send out to local employers.
Kelly Stott, said: “Everyone was really supportive on the course and this really boosted my confidence. I gained so much from working with other members of the group, from senior medical professionals to people with no previous experience. Being successful at getting the grant has been an amazing opportunity for me.”
She added: “I am wanting to work in the health care industry and this has been a great stepping stone and its really helped my self-esteem. I’d tell anyone to visit the job club, the advisors are so happy the help you out. My advisor was brilliant and so understanding.”
Sarah Aucott, WDH’s Community Employment Officer, said: “Kelly was really passionate about following this career path and absolutely determined to achieve her goal, and quickly booked herself on to the next available 2-day course once the grant was approved. Kelly completed the additional home study work within a couple of days of the course, despite having a month to complete it, and has again received positive feedback about her work and how much she has learned from the training.”
She added: “I am really proud of Kelly and what she has achieved in such a short space of time, and think it really demonstrates the vital role the Foundation Grant can play in supporting tenants' development, both professionally and personally, and in making a genuine difference to their lives. I have every confidence Kelly will continue to achieve all of the goals she sets herself and that she will be successful in developing a new career in Phlebotomy.”
WDH’s Community Employment Advisors regularly visit work clubs held across the district. They are skilled professionals who can help WDH tenants to find jobs online, offer guidance on how to write a CV and apply, offer interview skills and tips, and help individuals to find the right training course. They have helped more than 4,500 people so far, assisting over 2,000 into training and over 1,400 into employment.