Meet the NCS team 

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Rose Adderley  
Marketing & Communications Assistant | ACH Bristol w/ Helena and Marlene 
Helena Charlat - Bristol 
What did you do before coming to ACH? 
I moved to Bristol in 2012 to attend university after growing up in Belgium. I graduated this summer with the full intent of staying in this wonderful city, and was luckily able to convince my family to do so after getting a position at ACH! 
 
Why did you decide to come to ACH? 
I have always wanted to work in an environment with strong values that aims to improve the lives of others. Applying to ACH came as an evidence when I learned about the company’s ethics and driving mission. 
 
What project are you working on for us? 
I have joined the team as a Career Advisor, helping our tenants and the community in Bristol and neighbouring areas into education and employment to ensure their integration into UK life. 
 
What is it that you want to achieve? 
My role here at ACH gives me the chance to help people towards economic stability, but it also gives me the opportunity to be there for people in need of a confidence boost; an attentive ear; a bit of peace of mind. More than anything, I hope that my work with ACH will help as many people as possible. 
 
What are you hoping to gain from ACH? 
As a young recent graduate, I am obviously looking forward to the professional experience I will gain from working with ACH. However, what I am most excited about is being in a position where I have the chance to learn from and be inspired by the people I meet through my work, whether my colleagues, our tenants, or the community. 
 
What is your proudest moment in your career? 
Well as this is just the start of it… probably getting this job! 
Marlene Vassell - Birmingham 
What did you do before coming to ACH? 
My previous role was working for Capita within their learning and development service as a traineeship tutor working with young people and adults to get them back into employment. I also worked on their apprenticeship contract delivering customer service, business administration and first line management. I have a teaching, training, advice and guidance and project management background which spans over ten years and I also worked on the nextstep contract (now the National Careers Service) between 2008 – 2011. 
 
Why did you decide to come to ACH? 
I wanted a fresh challenge supporting people in the community as I previously worked on similar contracts to those ACH deliver and enjoy the rewards this bring when you have helped an individual to progress in work and life. 
 
What project are you working on for us? 
I am currently working on a Big Lottery and European Social funded programme called Community Matters, a three-year project to help 2,800 people across the Black Country to move into work, training or job search. But, from February 2018 I will be working with the NCS team in Birmingham. 
 
What is it that you want to achieve? 
I want to offer quality careers information, advice and guidance to individuals that will help them to progress and move closer to securing paid work or training and to provide them with impartial information on realistic career choices. 
 
What are you hoping to gain from ACH? 
I am hoping that ACH will provide me with training and support to enable me to carry out my role effectively and also to progress and achieve goals that will benefit myself and the organisation. 
 
What is your proudest moment in your career? 
I have had many proud moments which include leading on gaining the matrix qualification in previous employment, getting excellent feedback from learners, helping people to change their life and making a difference to others. 
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