Shanika and her Talent Coach Katie: a winning combination

Shanika knew she wanted to start up her own business in the field of holistic therapy, but she also knew she wasn’t ready. So when she found out about our Greater Manchester Talent Match programme, which supports unemployed young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, she was quick to sign up. For the last couple of months she’s been working one to one with Katie, one of our Talent Coaches – and things are really happening for her.


She told us, “The support I’ve had from Katie has been amazing, it really keeps me motivated. Sometimes I have doubts about myself. Coming to Back on Track makes me think ‘You know what, I can do it!’ A lot of people don’t understand how hard it is for people with problems to get a job. If you’re not quite ready to move into work Back on Track is perfect. It’s a really uplifting place.”


Katie: “Shanika has really impressed me with her enthusiasm. She’s also really open and honest with me which helps us set clear goals for the future.”


The next step for Shanika is our new Market Force course, which uses market trading as a way of learning business and enterprise skills. Katie is also helping Shanika to find an internship with a holistic therapy business so she can learn all about what’s involved. We feel like great things are in store for Shanika – watch out for more news, because we’ll be letting you know how she gets on! 

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