Success Stories


T.J felt his self esteem and confidence had been effected hugely by being out of work for 20 years. He decided to try and get back into work, wanting to work in a factory, and he was referred onto a Portland Training course.

The course involved group activities which TJ said helped improve his confidence, and he enjoyed meeting people and sharing experiences. 

After completing the course, he has been accepted onto an induction at a local factory. He is extremely proud of himself, and hopes to work hard and work his way up.

Congratulations T.J!

Chris Harrod

After a long period of unemployment and a series of 'knock-backs', Chris felt that he was losing confidence. 

He signed up to the course, and within weeks was finding his confidence improving. He said that not only did it give him the skills to return to work, but it also gave him the confidence to make the step.

He is now settled in a new role, and is very happy. He is enjoying earning again, and putting the skills he learnt to use.

Well done Chris!

Functional Skills Group!

This is our first ever functional skills course at Portland Training. Those whose native tongue is not English have achieved various levels of maths and English qualifications ranging from entry 1, 2 and 3.

Many of the learners are asylum seekers or refugees and have overcome many personal challenges to get to this point of achievement.

Well done everyone - a fantastic achievement! We look forward to many more Funtional Skills Groups in the future.

Andrew Jones

Andrew hadn't worked for over 10 years after being diagnosed with cancer. He found he struggled with his confidence, and even felt depressed. However, he was referred to a Portland Training Forklift Course, and feeling ready to try and get back into work, he decided to give it a go.

Throughout the course, he found his confidence increased every day. He also enjoyed meeting new people and getting back to normality.

After working extremely hard to complete the course, he was successful in an interview with a local Warehouse and started work as a Warehouse Operative. Then, within 2 weeks of work, he was promoted to Management - what an achievement!

Andrew not only really enjoyed the course, but also feels that Portland Training played a huge part in turning his life around, and he hopes to continue to progress throughout the company in the future.

Well done Andrew!






Simon White

Simon had been unemployed for an extended period of time, and was really struggling to find work. He found that it effected his life in many ways, as he started to lose confidence and motivation.

He had wanted to go into Care, however thought he would be too old and didn't know how to get into it. Portland Training signed him onto a Level 2 in Care Planning, which he completed successfully, before organising an interview with Hesley Group. He was yet again successful, and is now a proud Support Worker for the company.

He has found that achieving this employment goal has increased his confidence, and motivated him to achieve many of his own personal goals. Great work Simon!

Ian Whitehead

After being unemployed for a total of 14 months, Ian began thinking about finding a job in the Care Industry (something he had wanted to do for a while). However having various disabilities, and no experience in the industry, he felt there were too many barriers to entering this industry.

Ian discussed his aspiration with his Work Coach, who referred him to our Level 2 Health & Social Care Course (AEB funded). After taking part in, and passing, this course, Ian gained his Level 2 Principles of Care Planning, and obtained interviews with two separate care businesses.

In the end, he was offered both jobs! After deciding on his favourite, which is the Hesley Group based in Low Laithes Barnsley, he is now hoping to stay working for this company and progress to Level 3. He said that the course not only helped him obtain this job, but also massively helped his general confidence.

Great work Ian!

Chris Wood

After being unemployed for well over 12 months, Chris said he felt his motivation and confidence disappearing. He didn’t have many qualifications, and started to believe that he would remain unemployed for a long time.

He suffers from anxiety, as well as dyslexia, leading to many challenges when taking part in training. Chris was supported by the Trainer and his Work Coach, and through hard work and dedication he carried on working and achieved a Level 1 in Occupational Studies (AEB).

After completing this course, Chris attended interviews for Warehouse work and was successful. Now working for a local Warehouse business, through Pertemps, Chris says the training really helped his confidence and anxiety and he is hoping to progress in the near future.

Hard work really does pay off, congratulations Chris!

Stephanie Sellars

Stephanie had been unemployed for 13 months. She had always wanted to work in the Care Industry, however she had no relevant experience. She spoke to her Work Coach and was put forward for our AEB funded Health & Social Care course.

She had previously been applying to Care vacancies and not been successful – she felt her lack of experience and confidence was a barrier to her. Stephanie was successful on the course, saying that it really helped her feel confident, leading to her applying for roles that she wouldn’t have previously.

She has now been successful in interview stage, and is shadowing whilst awaiting her official start date, with a Local Care Company.

Well done Stephanie!

Billie-Jean Grant

Billie had been working for a retail chain, but had always wanted to work in the care industry. She had previously been a surrogate, and loved being part of changing someone’s life for the better.

After this amazing experience, she decided a career in Care would be the best way for her to continue this path of helping others. She didn’t have any qualifications in Care however, and so she spoke to her Work Coach at the Job Centre.

She was then enrolled onto the Principles of Care Level 2 through us, and completed this course successfully. Now working with Hesley Group, she has found the process has massively increased her confidence, and she is really enjoying her new role.

Emma Ogley

Since leaving school, Emma attended college courses, but has never been in paid employment. She had helped her partner raise their step children, as well as helping them look after their grandparent who suffered with dementia. After the grandparent's sad passing, she knew that a career in Care was what she wanted.

She felt as her Care skills were self-taught, she needed to gain a qualification. Her partner had completed a warehouse course through us, and recommended our Care courses to her.

She then completed a Level 2 Principles of Care course, and is now a full-time Care Assistant with a Local Care Company. Her confidence has improved enormously, and she hopes one day to be a Senior Carer or even Manager.