Karran Strickland, 41, of Newbridge near Newport, had a long career in business, customer service and finance before having to finish work after having her bladder removed.
But after spending time out of work, Karran was itching to get back on the payroll and was referred to Torfaen Training, which delivers the UK government’s Work Programme on behalf of employment and skills provider Working Links.
There, Karran was supported through one to one sessions as well as a series of workshops to help rebuild her confidence and interview skills.
She said: “Because I had been in and out of hospital for operations, I had to come out of work and wait for my health to get better. Everyone at Torfaen has been brilliant. They’ve been really understanding about my operation and couldn’t help me enough.”
Working with the team at Torfaen, Karran found suitable employment and is now working in quality assurance.
Her confidence has returned and is still receiving in work support now to help in adjusting back in the workplace.
Employment consultant Carina Lord said: “Karran was supported prior to her operation to overcome ‘softer’ employment barriers, such as confidence and motivation which had been affected by her poor health. Following the procedure she engaged in lighter activity via telephone and as her health began to improve she became very eager to find employment.”