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Case Study: BCF transforming lives

Alexandrina, an aspiring chef,  comes from Romania and settled in the UK with her children. However, since arriving in the UK she has struggled with securing employment in the career of her passion, which is in the food and hospitality sector.

Alexandrina’s main barriers to securing employment in the hospitality sector include a lack of confidence and also experience working in the food industry in the UK.

Since joining the Black Country Futures project Alexandrina has received employment support, including help with applying for work and also updating her CV and covering letter. Additionally, she recently began volunteering at Bilston Cornerstone Café (a subsidiary of Delivery Partner, Bilston Resource Centre), where she is receiving in-house training in supporting the Emergency Food Hotline.

Regarding her experience with Black Country Futures,  Alexandrina comments that:

“I am grateful for the support through the BCF project and being able to gain practical skills in
catering. All this experience will help me with finding work in the career I love.”

Alexandrina has expressed that she enjoys cooking and helping support the most vulnerable at risk of food poverty. This includes helping to arrange the distribution of food parcels and preparing warm meals. She feels that having the opportunity to put her practical cooking skills to use will help improve her chances in securing employment.

For more information, and to discover how we can support your journey to work, please visit  www.stepstowork.co.uk/black-country-futures