Kennedy Scott Customer Wins National Achievement Award

A past Kennedy Scott customer was awarded the Employment Related Services Association’s prestigious Significant Achievement Award at a special ceremony in London on Thursday evening.

The award recognises a jobseeker who has demonstrated exceptional commitment to overcoming their barriers to secure lasting employment.

Sharne Mulley found full-time work and transformed her life with the help of Kennedy Scott.

Sharne, 32, a single parent from the West Malling area, left work in 2006 to become a full-time mother. She struggled to find work and spent most of her time travelling between Maidstone and London to attend hospital appointments with her young child.

She joined Kennedy Scott’s Work Programme in late 2014, and received intense employability support, which included help to update her CV, write cover letters and search for suitable vacancies, In early 2016 Sharne was delighted to secure a full-time position as a Retail Cleaner, working for TC Facilities Management, a nationwide FM company, based in Surrey.

Sharne, who has since been promoted to a managerial role, was nominated for the ERSA Employability Award by her Kennedy Scott Advisor, Julie, for her dedication to finding work and continuous progression, despite having significant personal barriers at the start of her journey back to work.

Keen to share her experience and inspire others, Sharne has since returned to Kennedy Scott to deliver a voluntary lone parent forum, sharing her experience to try to help other single parents to move into lasting work.

Sharne said: “Kennedy Scott helped me overcome my fears about going back to work; Julie helped with my confidence and even some personal issues, as well as CV writing, interview skills and job hunting - I'm glad such a place is around.”

According to her employer, Area Manager Emmanuel Ikwetie, Sharne has fast become a valuable asset to the company.

Ikwetie said: “Sharne is an exceptional member of my team, her passion and dedication in carrying out her work is quite compelling. Working with her has been a blessing and I am happy to have her as one of my managers.”