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College opens doors into employment for Yulia

3 February 2016

Former jobseeker Yulia Rudd, who spent seven frustrating months looking for work, has now secured a full-time job in City College Brighton and Hove’s Professional Development team thanks to a free course she’d previously completed at the College. City College’s flexible Opening Doors programme, which is aimed at providing jobseekers with the skills that employers are looking for, runs throughout the year and is open to everyone aged 19+ who is unemployed, claiming benefits and currently seeking work.

'Before I started the Opening Doors IT and Business Administration courses at the College, I didn't have the sort of working experience in UK that I’d been hoping for, though I’d found work locally as a coffee shop manager and as a sales assistant,' says Yulia, who’d previously had managerial roles in her native country of Russia. 'I wanted to find more suitable work and I thought that the Opening Doors course would help me to do that. As it turned out, it was very good to refresh my IT knowledge and learn a few new skills, while the Business Administration course helped me to gain more confidence. I also studied an ESOL Speaking & Listening course at the College which helped me to improve my language skills not just for everyday life but for work also.'

Yulia Rudd

Yulia Rudd

After completing her Opening Doors course, Yulia was offered work experience in the College’s HR Department for eight weeks which led to a short term contract during the Summer. She was then offered the permanent position of Staff Development Administrator in the College's Professional Development team, providing administrative support for learning and development events as well as helping to plan and organise internal training and workshops. 'I'm very glad that I’ve achieved this position and am doing something that I enjoy so I really appreciate how much the Opening Doors course created opportunities for me at the College,' says Yulia.

Opening Doors courses, which range in duration from four days to four weeks, provide training in areas such as Microsoft Office IT, self-development, employability, CV-writing and interview techniques. Students can also gain industry-specific training in areas such as Health & Social Care, Service Industries, Team-leading, IT and Business, Administration & Accounting. The courses provide the chance to achieve accredited qualifications and some also guarantee interviews on successful completion.

For more details on Opening Doors, contact 01273 667712 or email

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