Unemployed and desperate to work, it was a difficult timeÂ for Chloe until she was offered her â€œdream jobâ€ as Carer.
From the age of 11, Chloe has cared for her mum so whenÂ she was offered the opportunity to train professionally, sheÂ was ecstatic and completion of the training scheme wouldÂ enable her to qualify fully and secure the role. However, sheÂ was soon faced with a very difficult decision…
â€œI got offered a job as a carer but had to do training first. IÂ had three days left of my course when I was told by the jobÂ centre that I would lose my benefits because I was trainingÂ for longer than the 16 hours permitted per week. I was toldÂ to choose between my job or myhome and I had no choiceÂ but to choose the home. I asked staff in the job centreÂ repeatedly to just let me finish the course but they said itÂ wasnâ€™t an option. My course was just one hour longer thanÂ the 16 permitted per week but if I had been allowed toÂ complete it; my life would have changed completely.â€
Chloe missed out on the role. This was devastating as sheÂ felt her dream was taken away from her and as a result,Â her progress has significantly tapered. She has recentlyÂ been sanctioned, lost her benefits and is now struggling toÂ pay her rent. Nonetheless, despite a knock in confidenceÂ and feeling significantly helpless, Chloe is regainingÂ motivation and continues to look for work.
â€œIâ€™m still applying for jobs every day but itâ€™s not easy goingÂ for five jobs a day, knowing that Iâ€™ll get turned down again and again. Itâ€™s hard for your mental health. If I hadÂ completed the training I would be in employment now andÂ off benefits, so Iâ€™ve actually taken a step back.â€
Chloe has since appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live telling herÂ story. Whilst Chloeâ€™s unfair circumstances have been difficultÂ to face, her participation in the media has given her aÂ platform to share her story and make people aware ofÂ problems surrounding young people today. This has boostedÂ her confidence significantly as she never believed she wouldÂ have the courage to voice her opinions publically, nevermind live on the Radio. Well done Chloe!