“I’d worked in hospitality for a long time as a waitress and then manager. It seemed like a safe and well-paid job. When the pandemic hit I was furloughed and then made redundant from my job of 7 years.

“I had already been thinking about moving career but wanting to be financially secure was holding me back. I’m happy in a way that I was made redundant in July 2020, because I felt it was time to move on.

“I’ve always dreamt of becoming a Nurse. I’ve always been one of those people that had plasters in their bag, and when people at my jobs got cuts or banged their heads, it would give me satisfaction to help them out. So when I saw an Instagram ad for a healthcare programme with The Prince’s Trust, I signed up.”

Bea took part in The Prince’s Trust Get Started with Health and Social Care course in November 2020.

“On the virtual course I learnt about what it means to work in health and social care, and how to write job applications. I found the course interesting and full of details.

“One of the best things about the course was that it was a reality check if I really wanted to work in healthcare. If you’re naïve about what a job in health and social care actually involves you might be surprised by some of the information about mental health and patients who need constant care. For me, it really solidified that I want to work for the NHS.”

At the end of the course, Bea successfully interviewed for an NHS job in a rapid response team designed to support hospitals with lots of coronavirus patients with deep cleaning.

“Working during the peak of the pandemic in 2021 was hard, but the hospital was well organised and prepared for it. It’s shocking how quickly a virus can spread and how a hospital can become a site for a coronavirus outbreak – its why my job is so vital.”

Bea’s future plans are to become a nurse, and she’s looking into getting an apprenticeship in Healthcare Assistance.

The Prince’s Trust was amazing. As well as the course, the aftercare of people ringing me and seeing how I got on with the job was genuinely so helpful.”