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Place 2 Work scheme delivers more NHS employment success

Local residents living in Castle Vale and surrounding areas who are trying to get back into work or are facing redundancy and are interested in a career with the NHS can apply to The Pioneer Group’s Place 2 Work programme. The Place 2 Work team is supporting an NHS local recruitment initiative called I Can which helps connect job seekers into training and employment opportunities.

The team recently spoke with Shenaz Petkar, a successful Place 2 Work candidate, to hear about her experience on the scheme.

How did you hear about Place 2 Work?

I attended an information session held by The Pioneer Group at Saathi House before joining the programme.

How did you feel about getting a job in the NHS?

I thought there was no way that I’d ever be able get into the NHS. I hadn’t been working for a a while; I lacked the confidence to work again, but Place2Work guided me through the process. Once I felt ready with the advice and tips given, I applied and went for a “speed” interview session before my first interview on a Saturday. I was awarded a job as a ward clerk on the Monday! I couldn’t quite believe it. I was crying, I was so happy.

What would you say to anyone interested in Place 2 Work?

It’s great for women who need the support to get back to work or need the support. Maybe they’re carers or a parent that needs a part time job. Anyone that has even a few hours to spare and thinks they could do something useful, should take a look at the initiative.

How important is the Place 2 Work scheme?

The support that the initiative is giving to women especially within the community is so important. It allows them to have a guided hand and opportunity to follow on to employment. It provides the participant with skills, so that they won’t be fearful when applying for a reole, and a knowledgeable team to turn to for help.

What would you like to say to the Place 2 Work funders?

I would like to thank the funders for supporting this employment programme. It’s lifechanging.

If you are interested in the Place 2 Work scheme, please find more information at:

Tel: 0121 748 0876


Address: The Sanctuary, Tangmere Drive, B35 7PX.