A woman with no qualifications who has never done a day’s work says she feels “like a thicko” after being refused a place on a training course.
Sarah Duffin wanted to improve her employability skills after leaving school with no qualifications – and the 34-year-old has been on the dole ever since.
She previously spoke out about feeling “discriminated against” after claiming she has been left unable to get help to get a job because of her age.
Now she has been left feeling “like it’s not worth living anymore” after an assessor at YH Training told her that she did not meet the criteria to enrol on a level two hospitality in catering course following an assessment at the centre in Hull.
But the training company says it still offered Miss Duffin one-to-one support with her work coach to help identify suitable courses, Hull Live reports.
“I’ve been refused entry onto the hospitality in catering course that I wanted to do at YH Training after the assessment I did there, and it has made me feel like a complete thicko and like a nothing and a nobody,” she said.
“But I know that I’m not a thicko as I’ve got entry three level English, so it’s made me so angry, upset and frustrated to have been turned away from the course.
“It still makes me feel discriminated against for my age in not being able to get on the course, and it’s not fair as I want to get the skills to get a job.
“I feel like topping myself, and so vulnerable, low and depressed and like it’s not worth living anymore.
“I know myself that I would be able to do the course even though they say I can’t, and I shall be seeking compensation and an apology from the company and want to be referred for self employment training.”
In order to try to make herself feel better about being out of work, Miss Duffin, who says she has applied for hundreds of jobs,, but has been left with many unanswered applications, or has been turned down after going for interviews, often retreats to her greenhouse.
She has a passion for plants and vegetables, and hopes to sell them in the future.
“Gardening is really therapeutic for me, and I often get out in to my greenhouse just to unwind and make myself feel better,” she said.
“I want to set up my own business in selling the plants and vegetables that I grow in the garden, but I don’t feel there is much support out there for going self employed though.
“I’m starting a course at Hull College in August, a,,nd I hope it will help me in the future with my gardening business, which is what I really want to do.”
A spokesman for YH Training said: “Sarah Duffin was referred to YH Training Services for an initial assessment by her work coach at JCP for an adult education course.
“Unfortunately, Sarah did not meet the minimum criteria for the course she was referred for.
“We advised Sarah that we could arrange one to one support with her work coach to help identify suitable courses.”