Team

We are a small dedicated team working together with the aim of providing supportive training and development which allows women to return to work confidently. We are ambitious are passionate about promoting women in the workplace and as such we will aim to encourage an ongoing debate on the issues surrounding working women and lone parents. As mentors our approach will always be to firstly understand you and in doing so to demonstrate care, commitment and support to help you find the best fit to enable both a successful return to work and progression within the workplace.

For women returners we know that coming back to work is not easy but with help and support you will be amazed at what you can achieve in a short space of time.

We also know that progressing within the work place can be daunting and because of that it is often put off to another day. Our guiding hand can facilitate this process and help you success in your next move.

Meet that team that are here to help.

 

  • Theresa, Founder

    “Since starting the company, I have had the privilege of working with women from all walks of life, in their journey to work. Graduating in Business, I draw upon first-hand knowledge of recruitment processes from various industry sectors, and personally design and implement training programmes. It is sheer delight to see people progress quickly! I get a serious buzz out of 1-1 coaching and watching interview nerves turn into a polished performance on the day.”
    Theresa’s success rate of turning interviews into a job is very high – she won’t say it so we will say it for her!

  • Ai Wen, Trainer

    “I have a broad experience in academic editing, and coaching on English as a second language. I enjoy seeing people equipped with effective communication skills to succeed in their endeavours. Working with PCT has allowed me to combine my skills to enable others. In a former life, I was a commercial litigator in a busy city firm.”
    Ai Wen recently joined PCT and already she is a huge benefit to the team. She has a very gentle encouraging approach which is much appreciated by our clients.

  • Lesley, Trainer

    “An IT tutor for more years than I care to recall. I have extensive experience of working with women and in particular with lone parents who are finding it even more difficult to return to work.
    I have designed and delivered training which matched the ECDL syllabus and I am comfortable teaching all aspects of Microsoft Office. I have lived and worked in Europe, USA, and more recently the Middle East. Now relocated in Edinburgh I have joined PCT to and I am delighted to again be working with women retuners”
    Great listener and always keen to find solutions to problems.

  • Ron, Trainer

    “I have for many years worked as a college lecturer, teaching on all aspects of the service industry. With my background, I deliver hospitality training and development for PCT, working extensively with awarding bodies. I am a qualified SQA and REHIS tutor and assessor. I very much enjoy seeing trainees achieve their potential and successfully progress within their chosen career.”
    Ron is the most affable person and has an amazing rapport with all his clients.

  • Lara, Administrator

    “Working part-time for the PCT, I help with the day-to-day running of the office, including contact with clients. I am active on social media and keep you up-to-date with all our news on Facebook, Twitter and our blogs. Presently, I also read Law at Edinburgh University – a suitably complementary combination.”

  • Renzo, IT

    “I recently graduated with a Masters in Design Informatics from Edinburgh University. Working part-time for PCT, I am responsible for web management and social media – a growing part of PCT’s business! I like to keep PCT thinking about how it can help returners embrace the digital world, and challenge the team to think ahead.”

  • Silvia Donaldson

     

     As The Women Returning to Work Programme takes on a new look in 2018, Silvia Donaldson shares with us her journey.  She recently returned to work after joining The Programme in April 2017. 

    Joining the Programme: A confidence boost and a “can do” attitude

    I had been away from work for 9 years to care for my young family.  Being at home in a routine with children for a length of time, I decided I wanted to get back to work.  Although I have 10 years experience in financial marketing with a good business degree, I was finding it very hard to get interviews.  It was then that I heard about the Women Returning to Work Programme and thought that I must go for it!

    Joining the Programme has definitely made me feel more confident.  It has given me the “can do” attitude!  On the first interview I had after joining the Programme, I was offered a job!  I couldn’t be happier as they had 125 applicants, and interviewed 17 people for 1 position!!

    The one thing that I would always take with me from the Programme would be the fact that I have started to believe more in myself.  In learning to list down my skills, I would now make a “note to self” each time I think I have contributed something significant at work, as I can then use these as great examples for interviews.  Personally, I have made some wonderful new friends through the course, and hope that we can continue to keep in touch. 


    Help is at hand: never feel alone 

    I think looking for a job is already a job in itself.  If you have to do it all on yourScreen Shot 2018-01-24 at 10.03.59 own after being away from work for a long time, this feels even harder. 

    The good thing about the Programme is that it helps you with each step of the way: your CV, interviews etc.  However, the most important thing is that this Programme propels you to be pro-active, and encourages you to actively look for jobs.  The team that run the Programme will always be at hand to help even if you feel just a little bit lost.  The bonus is that you will meet other women who are in the same position as you so you don’t feel alone in this journey!  

    If you feel like Silvia – a stay-at-home  mum thinking about going back to work but don’t know where to start – The Women Returning to Work Programme can be your answer.  Get in touch with us and we will be happy to hear from you. 

  • Gillian Myers

    Women returning to work – why wait? Go for it!

    As 2018 welcomes a new look for our Women Returning to Work (WRW) programme, we catch up with Gillian Myers who found herself back at work shortly after completing our course.  She speaks about her experiences on the course and tells women considering a return to work to “Go for it!”

    Gillian shares:

    Her background

    I worked for the Scottish Government in the Justice Department for 11 years before having my daughter.  The Division I worked in dealt with prisoners on parole and as such was never dull!  I really enjoyed working in an environment where things could change very quickly and no two days were ever the same.  As such, I planned to return to the same job after taking a year’s maternity leave but when the time came, I decided to take another year off as a career break – this ended up being 6 years long! 

    Why she joined Our Programme

    In 2015/16, I went back to work for a year on a part time basis to cover maternity leave.  I really enjoyed being back in an office environment and having something for me.  I fully intended to start looking around for another job before my year was up but for various reasons (my lack of motivation probably being the biggest one!) this didn’t happen.  I knew I wanted to find another job but felt a bit lost about where to look/where my skills actually lay.  When I saw an advert for the WRW course, I decided I had nothing to lose and applied. 

    What she expected

    I expected to gain some knowledge about the job market in Edinburgh and how to market myself when completing applications.  I also hoped to meet some other women in a similar position – sometimes as a full time mum you can feel a bit lacking in confidence.  I found these at the WRW course and more!

    The Most Helpful Bit… Interview practice!

    The WRW programme covers interview practice giving everyone the opportunity to prepare and practice for an interview.  This was probably the most valuable part of the course for me. I had attended competency-based interviews in the past but always felt I missed the point of the questions and rambled on!  During the course a lot of time is spent before you get to the practice interview stage, thinking about your skills and how to tie these to job applications.  Theresa and Ai-Wen are great at helping with this and really know their stuff.  The actual practice interviews themselves can feel daunting but it is a completely safe, supportive environment and it did increase my confidence when going for a real interview. 

    … and Some (Good) Advice

    If you are thinking about signing up to the WRW programme, Do it!  The course will really help you decide where you’d like to be and the advice and knowledge Theresa and Ai-Wen provide is invaluable.  As is the support from the other women on the course.  Certainly in my case, we all bonded and bounced ideas off each other.  There was absolutely no judgment and even if you don’t come out of the course with a successful application, I guarantee your confidence will have been raised and you will be motivated to carry on looking.

    If you identify with Gillian, and want to go back to work but do not know how, perhaps our Women Returning to Work Programme is the best place to start.  Contact us and we will be delighted to hear from you.  Go for it!

  • Joy Areglado

    Relocated to Edinburgh from the Philippines, Joy Areglado took a career break to settle her young family in a new city. She joined our WRW course in December 2016, determined to find suitable employment that fits with family life in her adopted city.

    After 4 short months of many applications and interviews, Joy has found work that suitably matches her skills and experience. Ahead of her return to work in May, we catch up with Joy to tap into her experiences.

    1. Congratulations, Joy! It wasn’t too long ago that you joined the WRW course, and now you’re going back to work! How are you feeling at the moment?

    A little nervous and excited at the same time. This is my first time working here in Edinburgh, or abroad for that matter, and I do not really know what to expect from the working environment. However, I am really thankful to have found a job that matches my skills and professional experience.

    2. At PCT, we have always encouraged matching your skills to the job. 

    You have applied to many organisations, some with job specifications which were quite different to your professional background. How have you found the matching process? How would you encourage women returners who are just beginning their job search?  

    I found the matching process quite tricky at first but when you get used to looking closely at job descriptions and what skills/experience is required, , it will be easier to create a CV/application letter to match. This said, I would highly recommend anyone starting on their job search to stick to their transferable skills and strengths, what you really want to do and your motivation for getting a job. If you stay true to these, you will naturally feel confident describing your skills in your CV or application, and talking about these at interview.

    I also believe the final selection of a candidate can be subjective. So if you fail to get the job, it just means that someone else fits the post better at the time. It should not be a reason to quit job searching, but a drive to get better at it. Keep at it! In time, you will find a job that is suitable for your needs and capabilities.

    3. The matching process really worked for your applications as the interviews were soon rolling in! How challenging was it for you to have interviews back to back?

    Very challenging and nerve-wrecking! I spent many hours reading more than one company dossier, did a lot of research while attending to family needs. Ai Wen patiently assisted me with mock interviews, even out of office hours. I did feel tired and exhausted, but it definitely increased my chances of getting a job. In the end, it all was worth it!

    4. You have experienced a variety of interview styles. In a few words, tell us a bit about your experiences of the following:

    (a) Telephone interviews & Face-to-face interviews. 

    I had a telephone interview once. It was successful as I was invited for a second round of interview which was face-to-face. The benefits of a telephone interview is that you can lay out all your materials/laptop in front of you. I did that to remind myself of my skills/experiences and as prompts for answering some unexpected questions. However, I find face-to-face interviews easier as I can see the interviewer’s expressions and body language. I can gauge whether elaboration is needed of if I am on the right track. I think just being able to meet people face-to-face beats talking anonymously over the phone.

    However you are interviewed, I think that it is best to first understand the context of the questions, and then to answer from your heart.

    (b) In-tray tests & PowerPoint presentations.

    In my interview for an admin post, I had to do both an in-tray test and deliver a Powerpoint presentation. I had thought I did well in this interview. However, I found in-tray tests to be rather strenuous because you have a very limited time to finish all the tasks. I think just the idea of being timed while doing something is exhausting. I just gave it my best shot and did what I knew, hoping for the best.  As for Powerpoint presentations, I can do as much preparation as I want to. Having previous experience of doing presentations definitely helped my confidence.

    (c) General questions & Competence-based questions.

    I find general questions tricky to answer. I think the best approach would be to answer these honestly. One interview, they asked if a colleague would describe me in 3 words, what words would that be. The first thing that popped into my head was: funny, reliable and responsible. I didn’t get that job!

    As for competency-based questions, I feel I can give a definite answer that the interviewer will be happy with, unlike general questions which has no right or wrong answer. You can use the S.T.A.R. technique, which we had a lot of practice on at the WRW course.

    5. What a journey, Joy! Your perseverance has truly paid off. Before you go, a few words please to give 2017’s women returners a confidence boost?

    A lot of people had told me that it is hard to get a job here in Edinburgh that will be suitable to my previous experience. I agree, it was hard! But I soon realised what I needed was professional help – people who know the type of help I needed and worked together with me to achieve my goal of finding a job!

    The PCT partnership has been a great help to me. I still believe that I would never have found a very good job in a short span of time if not for the help that they have given to me. They helped widen my horizons for finding the perfect job, patiently assisting me in all the job searching related activities. Never forcing me to do something that I was not comfortable with, but giving me the determination that I needed to achieve my goal.

    I have my own story of disappointment and hard-times while I was actively searching for a job but I used it as motivation to work even harder and improve myself. I believed that soon my plans, with determination, will come to fruition. It did, indeed!

    More power to The PCT Partnership and to Theresa for having confidence in me since the first day of attending the WRW course.

  • Angeles Mendoza

    Interviews, again?! Yes, a hot topic these couple of weeks for our Women Returners as they get stuck in to tackling some tough interview questions.

    As part of the Women Returning to Work course, we highlight the requirement by some employers to prepare a presentation for the interview process. Whilst such cases may be less than frequent, we do often get the opportunity to work with women who have had to prepare a 5-10 minute presentation before the interview panel. Most recently, Angeles Mendoza, who attended our September/October 2016 course, was asked to deliver a PowerPoint presentation to her (then) potential employers. We caught up with her to find out about her experience with interview presentations.

    Huge congratulations on your recent appointment, Angeles! For starters, could you tell us about your professional background and how long were you away from work.

    I recently completed a PhD in Epidemiology and Public Health, and I also hold a Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety. My background is in Chemistry. I have developed expertise in the Health and Safety field through work in this area since 1996 for different companies and sectors. In 2012, I moved from Madrid to Edinburgh for family reasons. At that time, I had worked as a Health and Safety Manager in a public hospital. Our initial plan was to live in the UK for only a few years and so I commenced my doctorate studies with the intention of returning to my job in Spain. I studied full-time for awhile, but then combined my studies with a job as a Quality, Environmental and Health & Safety Consultant in Edinburgh. I did this freelance. Staying on in Edinburgh beyond our 4-year time frame became a real possibility and I did not want to have a gap in my professional career. However, from September 2015, I decided to stop work again to focus on my studies. As I completed my PhD in July 2016, I started to look for new career opportunities and joined the Women Returning to Work course for some direction.

    How did you feel about having to do a presentation for the job interview?

    I have had previous experience preparing presentations for interviews. These were also for job interviews of a similar position to the one that I applied for in Edinburgh. In terms of content, I felt confident because doing a presentation is perhaps the best way to show your knowledge, experience and skills. I was also very accustomed to deliver presentations using PowerPoint. There was, however, a lot of careful thought and preparation to try to cover all the important points in the allocated time. This took some planning and review. What I was most apprehensive about was that I had to deliver the presentation in English, which is not my first language.

    What would you say are the 3 most important things when preparing for interview presentations?

    I would say the 3 most important things are:

    Study the job description meticulously and be clear about the case you want to put forth in order to showcase your strengths for the position. This would encompass your knowledge, experience and skills.

    Research thoroughly about the company. Find out about their mission statements and vision. Use these to help tailor your presentation to the organisation.

    Rehearse the presentation in front of different audiences if you can! Not only will this help you gain in confidence and be ready for any questions that may be asked, you will also receive a variety of invaluable feedback.

    You had a few practice presentations with the PCT. How helpful were they to your performance on the day of the interview?

    It was extremely helpful to have the opportunity to practice the presentation. I had a variety of feedback from different people. This helped me to know exactly how to improve the content and design of the presentation. As English is not my first language, practising the presentation in front of people provided much constructive comments on my speaking pace, accent and tone of my voice. Additionally, having the support of PCT with their huge experience made me feel very confident. I did not feel nervous on the interview day because I knew that I had prepared well and was ready for the challenge. I would like to take the opportunity to thank the PCT team, and especially Theresa, because I am sure that this would have been impossible without their help.

    Finally, what is the best thing about going back to work?

    I love my job and having the chance to return to work is a dream come true because I feel sure of myself again, integrated into society and very enthusiastic about my new professional project.

    Angeles started work as a Health and Safety Advisor in a large healthcare organisation in December 2016. She is over the moon with the prospects as the position is very similar to her previous job in Spain – something she never thought was possible to achieve in such a short space of time.

    At PCT, we offer interview practice and tailored advice for interview presentations be it the very basics of how to do a PowerPoint presentation, to adding the final touches to your talk before you face the interview panel. If you would like some help, please pick up the phone or drop us an email.
  • Tanya Helmig

    Tanya Helmig joined our Women Returning to Work (WRW) course in January 2017.  She is now happily back at work in a field completely different from her previous professional experience.  She chats with us about transferable skills and the importance of practice interviews in successfully returning to the workplace. 

    First, tell us a little about your background and how you came to join the WRW course? 

    Immediately after completing a degree in Chemistry in Scotland, I got a job as a naturalist guide in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands.  I returned to Scotland after 24 years.  During a conversation with someone, I mentioned I was finding it difficult to find work.  She told me about the WRW course and I began enquiring how I could get onto the course.

    We’re delighted that you found us, Tanya! 

    You have worked in a number of different roles within the tourist industry.  What was most challenging about commencing your job search in Edinburgh, and exploring job applications with industries outside tourism? 

    Being abroad for over two decades, and not having to apply for a job during that time, I found that I did not know the basics of how to apply for a job and how to promote my skills and experiences.  I tried to research it on the internet but the huge amount of information made it very confusing, and much of it seemed irrelevant to my situation.

    At the WRW course, we talk a lot about transferable skills. How has finding your transferable skills helped you in exploring work outside the tourist industry? 

    At the WRW course, I learned that it was crucial to breakdown all my job titles into specific tasks and identify the skills I used to complete those tasks.  It then became clear to me that I possessed the skills to apply to some jobs outside tourism!

    The hard work certainly paid off as interviews soon started coming in. What 3 things have been crucial in interview preparation? 

    1. Preparing as many questions as I could that I thought might come up in the interview.

    2. Reviewing the questions after the interview.  There were always a few questions in an interview that were unexpected and it was good to consider how I could have answered them better for future interviews.  I also asked for feedback when I was unsuccessful at my interviews.

    3. Practice!  Even though I was used to speaking in public, I was tongue-tied when I had to “sell myself”.  I had quite a few mock interviews, which I recorded on my phone so that I could listen back to.  I also practised some core questions in front of the mirror.  Of course I felt silly but I knew no one was watching!

    And, one thing you learnt from your interview experiences? 

    I concentrated on the fact that each interview was a learning experience and just moved on when I was not selected.

    Finally, what is one piece of advice you would give to other women returners, who may, like yourself, explore a change in career direction? 

    Taking a course like the WRW not only gave me the relevant knowledge for writing my CV, supporting statements and filling out application forms, I also received personal support and guidance throughout the application and interview process.  These were particularly invaluable to my success at landing a job.

    Thank you, Tanya! We wish you the best in your new job!

    Are you in a similar situation? Do you feel “stuck” finding jobs within your industry? At PCT, we offer tailored advice to help you in your return to the workplace. Pick up the phone or email us now!

  • Nicole Freire

    Welcome to the first of our Case Study blogs! In this series, we will feature the experiences of women who have attended our Women Returning to Work course, and find out what they have been doing to since completing the course.

    For our first, we turn the spotlight on Nicole Freire who attended the course in April 2016, having been out of work for 10 years.  She shares her experiences about the course and her journey to achieving a flexible working pattern to suit her needs.

    Job hunting: where to begin?

    When I had signed up for the ‘Women returning to work’ course, I was looking to return to work after 10 years at home with my kids. I had started to look for jobs in the months before.  However, I realised that I had no idea how to tackle the process and where to start.  I was not sure of what jobs to apply for, how to structure my application and CV, and what skills were still applicable after being away from work for so long.  

    Helpful structure and personal support

    The course was well-structured and allowed me to identify my skills, tailor my CV to the jobs I wanted to apply for and prepare me for the interview process.  Meeting with other women in a similar position was an invaluable resource.  Within a few months, two applications and one interview, I had secured a position that fitted what I was looking for.  When I had started the course, I had never imagined that I would get a job so soon!  Theresa’s support, help and encouragement throughout the course and after was amazing, and I would highly recommend this course to anyone who is looking to get back to work after a break.

    Flexible work to suit family life

    As part of the course, we had to evaluate our priorities and what we most wanted out of a job.  I realised that having hours that suit my family life was a major priority for me.  I have now a job that allows me to still be there for my children before and after school most days. This has been an ideal transition for me going back to the work place. I think I would have found it very difficult to return to work if I had not secured a job with flexible hours.

    Positive change in career direction

    After being away from work for over 10 years, I was open to looking into all kinds of jobs, including those that were unrelated to my previous career.  However, I found that I had no idea where to begin or what I could apply for, so I ended up feeling too overwhelmed and did not apply for anything.  Attending the course changed all that. As part of the course, I was able to identify my transferrable skills and qualifications.  I could narrow down what jobs would fit with my skills as well as what I might like to do.  I honestly would not have thought of applying for the job I currently have before taking the course but I am very happy with it!

    Nicole is now happily employed in a flexible working environment which complements family life.  The PCT feel privileged to have provided a conduit for such a successful return to the workplace.

    Our Women Returning to Work course runs several times throughout the year.  Spaces fill out quickly, so pick up the phone or drop us an email.  If you are also looking for some one-to-one advice on your return to work, or job applications, please get in touch with us and we would be happy to help out.

  • Aileen MacCrae

    Attending the “Women returning to Work” course in February 2016 was one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve ever had. I approached the course with a mixture of excitement and anxiety. Having previously worked as a professional at a senior level, I had been out of the work place for 16 years. I knew that I wanted to go back to work but my confidence in my ability to do so was extremely low. I felt that, although I wasn’t looking to go back to my previous profession, I had been out of the work environment for too long to offer anything worthwhile to any prospective employer.

    From the very first day I felt an immediate camaraderie with the other participants. We had been on a wide variety of journeys before arriving at the Novotel on the first morning and we had differing objectives regarding what we wanted to achieve from the course. However, we were united in our common goal to return to work at some level. I was definitely starting from scratch, having not even looked at my cv for over 20 years. The topics covered and advice given were invaluable. Theresa has a wonderful capacity to provide meaningful and pertinent information to everyone, regardless of their differing circumstances. The time spent dealing with interview technique and practice interviews was very helpful. We were frequently divided into small working groups and I found the interaction and sharing of ideas very supportive. Everything offered by the course was extremely useful, but, the most crucial thing for me was the development of an up to date and relevant CV. I was able, with a great deal of advice and input from Theresa, to set out my skills and qualities in the best possible way to reflect my change in career direction. Identifying my transferable skills and qualities and setting them out in a concise and clear manner really helped boost my self confidence.

    Within weeks of finishing the course I had a successful interview for a position for which Theresa had recommended me. If I had been told at the outset of the course that I would be employed within weeks of finishing I simply wouldn’t have believed it. The assistance and encouragement provided within the group and then on a one to one basis after the course is superb. I would recommend this course to anybody wishing to return to work, regardless of the length of their absence.

  • Natasha Shearer

    “The Women Returning to Work Course the PCT Partnership runs for women like myself is absolutely invaluable! Apart from learning and developing new skills in every session, I also learnt new things about myself as a person that I never knew before. This course has definitely been a voyage of discovery for me! It has given me the confidence to believe that ‘I can do things’, to feel that ‘I belong’, to make friends and have lots of fun while learning! Now, I look forward to a job interviews, relishing the challenge as I feel that I am well prepared for any types of questions or tasks that might come my way. I don’t think that are enough words in the English dictionary to express my gratitude for Theresa’s patience, understanding, encouragement, help and support that she has bestowed on me from the moment we met.”

  • Hazel Marshall

    “I completed the Back to Work Course during October to December 2013. I had been a stay-at-home Mum for the previous 8 years and it had been 3-4 years before that since I had changed jobs, so you can imagine that I felt very unsure about the process of returning to work.

    It was really great to be surrounded by other women, who were all in the same situation, and the mutual support and camaraderie was fantastic. We all agreed that it was much easier to spot other people’s strengths than it was to see what we had to offer ourselves.

    My own background has always been in the secretarial and administrative fields and whilst I knew that my basic skill set was reasonable I also knew that the way in which CVs were structured and that jobs were advertised had changed beyond all recognition. Theresa spent a lot of time with each individual helping them develop a CV that played to their strengths, and in my case, helping me create a personal statement. This was something that I had never had in a CV previously and her assistance and guidance in this area was invaluable.

    I would recommend this course to any woman who has been out of the work place as the knowledge and support that you will receive, both from the team at PCT Partnership and the course attendees, will invaluable as you return to employment.

    I started The Curious Gem in January 2014, as a temp, got taken on permanently in September of that year and am still happily employed with the company over 2 years later. Thank you Theresa!”

  • Ailsa Lamont

    “Attending the course, ‘Women Back to Work’ run by the PCT Partnership was the most positive step I took in my venture to return to the workplace after a period of absence. The course is well structured and enabled me to understand the current application processes, develop my CV and improve my interview skills. Being involved with a group of women all with the aim of returning to work was supportive and encouraging. After attending the course the PCT Partnership were incredibly proactive in assisting with applications and finding employment, it is with thanks to them that I am now happily employed!”

  • Laura Wilson

    “Having been away from work for 14 years my confidence was low and I was in a fog as to how to return to work. The PCT Partnership helped me identify my skills, produce a great CV and to get to a point where I could talk about myself confidently. I am happily in work which is something I never thought would happen within 6 weeks of joining the course. Thank you all so much.”

  • Kate

    “The PCT training proved invaluable in bringing me up to speed after being at home with my children. My computer skills were vastly improved and I found the help with CVs and job applications really useful. The course also helped boost my confidence and I found everyone very friendly and approachable. I still see friends I made on the course more than 12 years on!

    After the course I went on to do a Post Graduate Masters, something I would never have considered being able to do. Since then I have worked part time for the same company, which fits around my family commitments. I always recommend PCT to friends and family.”

  • Daisy Dylan-Watson

    “I completed the back to work course in 2016, I found the course to be helpful and encouraging, it offered all the support I needed through the stressful time of beginning to look for work again after a 6 year break.
    The advice which Theresa and Alison gave me was really helpful, writing a CV is not an easy thing to do, but with their advice and support I got it done and feel it represents me and my skills well. I also found it very useful having the practice interviews. I think that this really helped me focus and prepare me for the questions. Having this one to one practice takes a lot of the worry away from the day.
    It was very encouraging to do the course with other women who had also been out of work for some time and we could all help each other regain confidence and appreciate our individual skills, together with the professional insight from Theresa and Alison it gave me the support I needed to find my own path into employment again. Theresa and Alison are very dedicated towards all people on the course working flexibly with everyone’s needs. I highly recommend the course.
    Hazel and I now both work for the Curious Gem company and we both enjoy our work very much.”

  • Emma Crawford

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    “I applied to the PCT partnership training course as my second child was starting school in August 2015. I knew I wanted to go back to work after a five year break but was unsure what to apply for, what part time roles were available and where to look for them. I would highly recommend this course for a number of reasons. Firstly meeting other supportive women in the same position who have had a career break and have the same concerns helped me realise there are lots of women who manage to find work after a break. The guidance given when updating my CV and learning how to approach application forms was also very constructive and helpful. Most importantly I feel that the practice interviews and support was invaluable. By the time I was attending interviews I was much more confident and prepared to speak about myself and answer questions competently.”