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Exchange: Maiju

Maiju is nineteen years old from Kotka, a small city in Finland. She studies Business and Administration at Etela-kymenlaakson ammattiopisto. This is her last year at college so she decided to try something different and do a work experience placement in London.

Her time has been divided by working in one of the offices at Newham College and at the Business Lab in Stratford. Some of her tasks have included photocopying, basic admin, assisting the business advisors and organising and setting up weekly workshops at the Business Lab. However Maiju says that the most challenging thing has been the language barrier but she says she thinks she has made big improvements.

Her plans for the future include going to university and returning to London to work sometime in the future.

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Exchange: Gloria

Gloria is from Vicenza in Italy and she studies IT and Economics at college. She got the opportunity to do a four week work experience placement in London working for the IT department of Newham College.

Nine of the most hardworking students were picked from the college for this opportunity. Gloria says that the work experience will give them a head start when looking for jobs as there is a lot of competition in Italy and this will improve their CVs.

Her main tasks were website design based, however she says that she has also improved her HTML coding and learnt to use new programmes which she has not studied in Italy. Gloria also claims that she has improved her knowledge of the English language and is a lot more confident using it.

During the group’s free time they made the most of the British summer, exploring  London and its rich culture.

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Entrepreneur: Valencia Mole

After leaving St Angela’s Ursuline School Valencia Mole attended Newham College to study a BTEC in Business and Finance. She continued her education studying at Redbridge College of Further Education to study an NVQ Level 2 in Business Administration.

Valencia went on to secure employment at NatWest Bank where she stayed for 3 years until she was made redundant after having her daughter and returning to work part-time after her maternity leave. She then made a decision to be a full time mum and returned to work when her daughter was in full time education.
A few years later Valencia came across an advert in the Newham Recorder for the Steps to Entrepreneurship Course and was excited by the opportunity and enrolled immediately.

On her first day of the training course Valencia shared her business idea with her business tutor and the positive encouragement and support she received gave her the belief in herself and the confidence she needed that she can turn her business idea into a reality.
At the end of the business course Valencia had a complete business plan that received recognition as one of the best business plans with the biggest potential opportunity for growth.

After successfully completing the Steps to Entrepreneurship Course Valencia continued her professional and personal development journey by training with the prestigious Style Coaching Institute® where she trained to become a certified Style Coach™. Through the unique Style Coaching™ diploma programme she gained the competitive advantage of being trained in the areas of Image Consultancy, Self-Image Psychology, Colour Consultancy, Wardrobe Analysis and Organisation, Confidence Coaching, Life Coaching and Personal Branding.

Valencia went on to train as a Money Breakthrough Coach and a Certified NLP Practitioner and has also continued her learning and development training in advanced coach training and business development training.

Valencia says she encountered many challenges during her journey of starting her business and establishing herself as a business owner but it is because of the challenges she experienced and everything she learned through trial and error and investing in her learning and development that she developed a valenciapassion for entrepreneurship.

Valencia now has an established Personal Branding Consultancy and Money Breakthrough Coaching Business and works with aspiring, start-up and established business owners and entrepreneurs that are ready to shorten their journey to supercharging their earning potential and accelerating their income a
nd business growth.

Valencia says the Steps to Entrepreneurship Course gave her an opportunity to change her life and create a better future for her daughter and herself. Valencia says she loved the Steps to Entrepreneurship Course and that she will always be grateful to her business
tutor and business coaches for their encouragement, feedback and excellent advice, guidance and support.

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Exchange: Joanna

As a part of the Erasmus+ exchange programme Newham College and its European partners have brought Joanna to London from Majorca, Spain to complete a month long work placement.

Joanna is currently enrolled on a Commercial Studies course at her local College in Majorca, and was keen to experience as many elements of business as possible on her placement.

Newham College’s Centre for Innovation and Partnerships placed Joanna with Jen Exports; a full service transportation and logistics company based in Rainham, Essex.

Joanna took no time at all to fit in at Jen Exports’ head office. Coincidentally one of Joanna’s new colleagues was in the process of learning Spanish. So, they helped each other out in the language department.

During Joanna’s time at Jen Exports she worked predominantly on administration, organisation and marketing materials such as posters and flyers.

Sam, Joanna’s manager and owner of Jen Exports, has been very impressed with Joanna’s development over the four weeks, and hopes she’s heading back to the UK very soon.

“She can come back any time. There’s a job for her here if she wants it! She’s been a model employee!

Joanna is confident that her experiences here in the UK will help her with finding work in the future.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time in London as it’s helped me to become more independent and improve my professional experience. I feel I understand business a lot better after experiencing the day to day running of the company.”

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Exchange: Joanna

As a part of the Erasmus+ exchange programme Newham College and its European partners have brought Joanna to London from Majorca, Spain to complete a month long work placement.

Joanna is currently enrolled on a Commercial Studies course at her local College in Majorca, and was keen to experience as many elements of business as possible on her placement.

Newham College’s Centre for Innovation and Partnerships placed Joanna with Jen Exports; a full service transportation and logistics company based in Rainham, Essex.

Joanna took no time at all to fit in at Jen Exports’ head office. Coincidentally one of Joanna’s new colleagues was in the process of learning Spanish. So, they helped each other out in the language department.

During Joanna’s time at Jen Exports she worked predominantly on administration, organisation and marketing materials such as posters and flyers.

Sam, Joanna’s manager and owner of Jen Exports, has been very impressed with Joanna’s development over the four weeks, and hopes she’s heading back to the UK very soon.

“She can come back any time. There’s a job for her here if she wants it! She’s been a model employee!

Joanna is confident that her experiences here in the UK will help her with finding work in the future.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time in London as it’s helped me to become more independent and improve my professional experience. I feel I understand business a lot better after experiencing the day to day running of the company.”

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Work Focus: Afjal

Before Work Focus: Afjal has worked in the textile factories of East London for 15 years, but for the last 2 has been unemployed and looking for work.
How Work Focus helped: Work Focus helped Afjal to overcome his nerves when speaking publicly or in a group situation, and furnished him with the confidence and know-how he needed to improve his abilities using a computer to create a professional CV and apply for jobs.

“Since I left school looking for a job has changed. Applying for a job has changed. It’s a completely different environment since I last had to look for work. There were no application forms then. The lecturers here have shown me how to write my CV, how to hand it in or how to send it, how to interview, how to present myself – everything. ”

Where are they now? Through completing the course Afjal has been able to take the next steps to employment by enrolling on a recruitment programme guaranteeing an interview with Morrisons.

“I would not have been able to get to where I am now if it wasn’t for the skills and self-belief I gained from Work Focus.”

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Work Focus: Angelo

Before Work Focus: Originally from Italy, Angelo has been in work since he left school at the age of 14 and is a trained plumber. Since relocating to London in 1983 Angelo has done a number of different jobs, but has recently found himself looking for work.

How Work Focus helped: Work Focus has enabled Angelo to focus his experience and combine it with new skills to improve his chances of finding work.
“Confidence is very important, but you also need work skills and qualifications. At Work Focus I gained a new skill every day.”

Where are they now? Angelo is now enrolled on a recruitment course and preparing for an interview with Morrisons.

“The great thing about Work Focus and the lecturers is that they help people. They give people opportunities.”

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Work Focus: Mary

Before Work Focus: After being made redundant Mary’s career needed a jump start.

“Things have changed so much over the years. I felt very nervous, I couldn’t type well and I’ve never been to something like Work Focus before.’

How Work Focus helped: Mary found the lecturers to be extremely helpful, taking the time to help her through the course material on a one-to-one basis, as well as focusing on other issues in the group simultaneously.

“The teacher, Joyce, was incredible. She was very patient, very calm. It’s those little things that make a difference when you’re nervous or unsure of yourself.”

Where are they now? After completing the two week course and gaining a Gateway Qualification Mary has since secured a position at Newham College London as a HP Administrator.

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Entrepreneur: Julie Creffield

Julie is a plus sized athlete who sees herself as a lifestyle coach. Her website; toofattorun.co.uk, opens with ‘My name is Julie Creffield and I am a Runner.’ The site includes blogs, advice and the opportunity to sign up to her ‘Clubhouse.’ Here she invites not only plus sized runners but beginners for weekly session plans, technique drills, new information from the world of running, support and group runs.

Julie first discovered the Business Lab when she happened to walk past in Stratford shopping centre. She now uses it regularly to meet with business advisors who support her with advice on all aspects of her business.

One of the main problems Julie faced when starting her business is that it can be lonely running a business by yourself. So, she enjoys working with the advisors and the open working environment at the Lab.

Julie mainly uses the Business Lab as a place to work quietly, away from home where it is easy to get distracted, and also enjoys attending the Business Lab’s workshops and networking events.

‘Too Fat to Run’ has gained a lot of exposure having been featured on ITV’s This Morning. Continuing on from this, Julie is leading a campaign called ‘Run For Your Life’ where she is encouraging the nation to run using techniques from her bestselling book; ‘5 Weeks to Run 5k’. Julie has had four books about running published, all of which are available on Kindle, with two more in the pipeline.

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Entrepreneur: Yvonne

Before Steps to Enterprise:

Yvonne has been out of work for a few years while she focused on raising a family. Not seeing a lot of opportunity in the job market, Yvonne decided to invest in herself.

“I’ve always had little business ideas which my family scoff at, but I saw an advert for the course and thought I’d take a chance and enrol.”

How Steps to Enterprise helped:

Yvonne found the delivery and content of the course both insightful and interesting.

“I’ve been to a few things like this, and I’m always watching the clock. With Steps to Enterprise I didn’t look at the clock once. The sections covering the business plan are invaluable and the group exercises and challenges really help you to strengthen your ideas and strategies.”

Yvonne attributes much of the courses success to the environment created by the lecturers and fellow entrepreneurs.

“It’s important to be around positive people. Everybody there is inspired. The attitude of the group and the tutors really helped me to work through my ideas.”

Where is she now?

Yvonne has now registered her clothing and retail business and is booking parties and showcase events, as well as building up her stock for the coming seasons.

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