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Stratford teenager turns her life around

PUBLISHED: 07:00 22 August 2016 | UPDATED: 07:53 22 August 2016

Chloe Thompson,18, from Stratford

Chloe Thompson,18, from Stratford

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Teenage apprentice Chloe Thompson has dramatically changed her life within two months.

The 18-year-old, from Stratford, had a challenging start to the year after she dropped out of sixth form and college.

Struggling to find any work, she was applying for countless jobs with no success until she found an employability skills course through Middleton Murray.

“It was a really difficult time because I knew that sixth form and college weren’t for me,” Chloe said.

“I was left to my own devices and didn’t have the support system that I needed.

“I only did four months at sixth form and when I went to college in January I left after two weeks because I had no motivation to learn in that environment.”

Chloe also lost her grandmother earlier this year, but her determination to make her proud has pushed her along to change her life, since securing employment with MPL Site Services in Stratford.

“We’re a tight knit family and losing my grandma at this time was very upsetting,” she said.

“My grandad distracted himself with sending me cuttings from the newspaper and email addresses for contacts trying to help me get a job.

“Although I applied for tons of jobs and apprenticeships, the story was always the same, I either never heard back, or was told that I didn’t have enough experience.”

Chloe’s job search had a happy ending, both for her and her grandad.

“I knew that I’d made him proud and that my grandma would be too,” she said. “It was the best feeling in the world to see him smiling again.”

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