Humera left school aged 16 to become a carer for her grandma, which was a big responsibility to take on at a young age.

“When she passed, it hit me that I wanted to work in care, because there are so many other people’s grandmas who don’t have anyone there for them.”

However, the job Humera found, where she provided live-in care for patients with Dementia and Parkinson’s, came with several pitfalls.

“My job was very unstable. I thought my placements were going to be in Leeds, but it turned out they were all across the UK – I had to travel to Scotland once. I would get stranded waiting to be accepted for placements, so there were periods where I wasn’t getting any pay.

“The pandemic added difficulties to this; I didn’t want to travel constantly to different destinations on public transport because I live with a vulnerable family member.”

Humera was referred to The Prince’s Trust’s Get Started in Health and Social Care programme by the Jobcentre and took part in the remote course in July.

It was my confidence level that improved the most from the course, The Prince’s Trust made me feel so comfortable. We did lots of interview preparation too and I got helpful feedback from my mock interviews.

“The staff did an amazing job of always keeping the course exciting, it never got boring. I also appreciate that they stay in contact with us for 6 months after the course, it’s good to have extra support from someone who knows you.”

Humera finished the course with a successful job interview with Maria Mallaband, a Care Home company, and is starting there as a Healthcare Assistant soon.

“It’s going to be a huge change for me going from unstable employment to this. I couldn’t find that by myself no matter how hard I tried, I wouldn’t have got here without The Prince’s Trust, so I’m really grateful for their support.

“I’m excited to seize this new opportunity. If you’re unemployed and want to get into the Health and Care Sector, don’t ever give up – there have been times where I’ve wanted to, but if you do a Prince’s Trust course you’ll learn a lot and gain confidence.”