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Last year, Luchie talked with us about her excitement at starting an internship with a recruitment company. Just eighteen months later, and she has some more good news to share...

Hi All, I’m Luciana Wulkan aged 20 and am a sufferer of FOP. I was diagnosed at 2 and a half, but not a day goes by where I let my condition stop me leading a normal life... I’ve gone through school, completed GCSE’s and A-Level’s and did go to MMU (Manchester Metropolitan University) studying business and marketing for around 4 months, until I realised the university life wasn’t for me, not because of my condition but just the study side of things. I was ready to get stuck into work so that’s when I decided to do an apprenticeship. Which has been the best decision I made! 

I started a Business Administration NVQ Level 3 diploma at Workforce People Solutions Ltd in March 2017, whereby my role was a Business Development Intern. From the very first day I stepped in Workforce for my interview, straight away I felt a warm and friendly environment from everyone. Simon (CEO) and Rebecca (Director) ensured that I felt comfortable and that any adjustments were made prior to me starting, this included an adapted working week I.e starting 1 hour later and having a Wednesday off to ensure that I wasn’t over-exerting myself. I have never let my condition stop me from being able to work and it just goes to show that ‘anything is possible!’ Since completing my apprenticeship in August this year, I was promoted to a Business Development Executive, I was over the moon with the progress that I made with a huge thankyou to such supportive colleagues, senior management and my line manager Phil.

During the past 18 months at Workforce, I have experienced a flare-up which the cause was unknown, as we all know how unpredictable it can be...however, despite being in pain I still wanted to go to work and carry on as nothing stops me! Workforce have been amazing in understanding my struggles, and it was agreed for me to go on reduced hours for a couple of months whilst experiencing the flare up to ensure I wasn’t over working my body.

I just would like to say a HUGE thankyou to all the support I have had from everyone at Workforce, and as Simon said upon my promotion “It’s really inspiring to see that if you want to achieve something, nothing holds you back!”

Simon Hayton, CEO Workforce People Solutions Limited, had some great words to say about Luciana...

“Early in 2017, we decided that it was important for Workforce to support the next generation of young professionals who wanted to start their career in the recruitment industry. We created three intern roles in different areas of our organisation, and in the process of interviewing for these roles, we met Luciana.

What struck me from the very beginning was that Luciana was not going to allow her condition to hold her back – it was very clear that she was incredibly determined and focused on starting a career where she could build her own independence and make a difference.From the moment she arrived at Workforce, I saw how quickly our people warmed to her and how obvious it was to anyone who worked with her that she was not going to let her condition define her. 

She has worked really hard over the past 18 months to learn new skills, taking on some very demanding challenges along the way, which culminated this summer in her earning a promotion to Business Development Executive. 

 I know that our Business Development Manager, Phillip Ryan, sees her as an integral part of his team and someone who he can always rely on to ‘get the job done’.

Aside from her core job role, Luciana is also one of the first to suggest new ideas that can take Workforce forward, having won awards this year for her ideas, which we hope one day could change the way we all work.

Lastly, I have to mention her passion for baking!  We hold regular “Workforce Bake Off” events, which are always very competitive, with colleagues looking to deliver the perfect entry.  Luciana has now beaten the competition that many times that she has had to semi retire and become a judge, so the rest of the bakers can have a chance of winning!!  Her chocolate orange creations, whilst tasting sublime, are definitely not doing my waistline any favours!!  

I am so happy we got the chance to meet, interview and hire Luciana all those months ago – she is a credit to herself and I am very proud to have her as part of the Workforce team.”

Hannah Dempsey
Friday, 30 November, 2018 - 15:55

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