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‘Amazing journey’ gets Chakaniya ready for psychology career

Name: Chakaniya Chandran

Age: 19

Area: Ealing

Skills Training UK programmes: English and Maths Level 2, Business Enterprise Level 2, Customer Service Level 2, Personal Development and Employability Skills Level 1

When Chakaniya Chandran moved from Italy to the UK, she was determined to hit the ground running, gain new skills and qualifications, and take the next steps to start a career in psychology.

And thanks to Skills Training UK’s Ealing Centre and our local employer partners, she’s achieved all three.

“I’ve had an amazing journey with Skills Training UK!” the 19-year-old said.

“I’ve learnt so much. English isn’t my first language but my tutors have been really supportive and helped me with my courses and work experience. I couldn’t be happier.”

Originally from Genoa in northern Italy, Chakaniya met with our Ealing tutors to discuss her long-held career ambitions of working in psychology, which courses and work placements would be best for her, and how the UK education system works.

Chakaniya said. “I researched psychology when I was in Italy and I’ve always wanted to help others. I’ve just been naturally drawn to this type of career.

“I really enjoyed all my courses. The class sizes are smaller than I thought they would be, which allowed me to get more help from my tutors. They were all very lovely and always answered my questions. I’ve also made a lot of friends and I’m keeping in touch with them.”

Whilst completing a wide range of Ignite courses and Traineeships, Chakaniya enjoyed a work placement at a local Cancer Research UK store, developing retail and customer service skills whilst improving her communication skills and confidence.

Chakaniya was even presented with an Outstanding Learner certificate at our Celebration of Success event in West London.

“I was so happy to receive my certificate up on the stage,” she said. “My family are really proud of me. Skills Training UK really have changed my life. I recommend them to anyone.”

Chakaniya enrolled to study towards a Health & Social Care BTEC at Uxbridge College. Our tutors helped Chakaniya prepare for her interview and introduced her to a local retail store manager which resulted in part-time weekend employment.

To learn more about Skills Training UK's Traineeship programmes, see here.