People are at the heart of what we do, so we wanted to take the time to introduce you to our team.
Senior Researcher Sabina Enback can often be found brightening up our Sheffield office with her cheerful attitude, so we asked her to be first to take the hot seat to answer our questions.
- What experiences led you to work for Workforce Development Trust (WD Trust)?
I have a post-graduate degree in Research Methods so my plan after graduation was always to work in a role focussing on gathering and evaluating information. Previously I’ve worked in research and policy positions in the public sector and when I saw the WD Trust job ad, it felt like a natural fit.
- What does an average day look like for you?
Working in the research team there is no average day. On Monday you could be designing a large-scale survey, on Tuesday you could be in Manchester interviewing vulnerable people for an evaluation project. The next day you could find yourself in the middle of the woods in Hampshire evaluating an armed forces training programme. The rest of the week could be spent scoping out new work with clients or writing bids.
- What do you enjoy most about your job?
I love the diverse nature of the job; it is rare that two days are the same. We have a very flexible and supportive working environment, so we are able to work from home if we need to concentrate on writing reports and colleagues are always willing to lend a hand on various projects. My team is made up of individuals who are very knowledgeable, efficient and personable which makes my job a lot easier.
- What upcoming projects are you working on?
I am currently evaluating a programme run by an NHS Trust in London which is upskilling local young people and supporting them to find jobs in the healthcare economy. I am also working on an EU-funded project which is developing tools for organisations in the tourism industry to help them upskill their employees in terms of green, social and digital skills.
There would be more opportunities available for young people who are keen to learn but might not necessarily have good grades. In my spare time, I volunteer for a local Youth Offending Service and there I meet so many young people who are desperate for a job or apprenticeship but due to their vulnerabilities, they have not been able to obtain good grades.