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Outplacement support for Corndel learner, Esther Escobar

23 September 2020 by Heidi Marshall

When Petroleum Economist, Esther Escobar, faced redundancy partway through her Corndel Leadership and Management apprenticeship programme, she decided to take advantage of the outplacement support that was offered to her.

The Corndel 12-week Outplacement Programme, funded by the government, is designed specifically to help those facing redundancy while on an apprenticeship diploma. It allows people to continue with their training while getting access to valuable one-to-one coaching support. 

Corndel has a dedicated team of outplacement specialists who provide expert support in accessing the hidden job market, job applications, CV writing and feedback, and interview techniques coaching. This support is delivered via one-to-one coaching sessions which are hugely valuable to each individual.

Esther told us, “This was my first experience of redundancy and I’m so grateful for the excellent support I received from the Corndel Outplacement Programme team.

My coach, Ali Harrison, not only helped me with the practical elements of preparing for the next chapter in my career, she took on the role of counsellor as I navigated the emotional rollercoaster of that period. She was fantastic at talking me through the process of dealing with a life-changing event such as redundancy.

Ali set me activities to work through that would support how I managed change and after every session I emerged feeling more confident and optimistic. For anyone else facing redundancy, who is lucky enough to be offered this Outplacement Programme, I would highly recommend it. Spending regular time with an expert coach is a unique opportunity to invest in yourself at a time when you need it most.”

Ali Harrison, Outplacement specialist at Corndel said, “It was a pleasure to support Esther and help her navigate this challenging situation. It’s important for all of us here at Corndel that our learners can access this valuable resource, especially if they have not experienced redundancy before. Our programme is designed to be flexible to the needs of each individual and as a result, we are able to provide the support and guidance that’s really needed in the moment.

Esther has since gone on to successfully launch a new business. She is delighted to be using many of the new skills she acquired while on the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management – from building relationships and giving feedback to data, information and decision making. We wish Esther all the best for the future and are proud to have played a part in her journey.

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