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Case Studies

Hong Song

I came to know about NARI EKTA in 2004 when I was recommended by a friend who was planning to take the training from them.

I took the initial English language course from NARI EKTA at that moment. Their management team was in a professional level and they looked after the trainees well. Since then, I had been looking for a chance to take the career-led training course. Finally I made it to come true in 2014 when I joined Nari Ekta Training programme at Enfield Centre. During my training period, NARI EKTA team sorted out everything fairly and effectively. They organised and selected the placement trainees to undergo the course related training with NHS, Leeds City Council and some other organisations. They monitored the trainees, communicated with the placement bodies, provided loads of references, responded the course queries properly.

As a non-native speaker from China, I always feel that NARI EKTA is my career home where I like to come because Jaspal, Gursharn and Anita are always so supportive and helpful whenever I seek advice from them.

If without NARI EKTA, I could not imagine that I would have got so many good chances to have received my OCR Diploma, Award, Certificates, placement, references even if my current job.

Their office has been managed very well and it is located in an excellent venue in the centre of Leeds. It is very convenient for us to visit them whatever we are in need of their support in relation to the training, e.g., one of our course mates suffered the family problem who was new in the local area and she felt too helpless to find a body to raise her case. It was NARI EKTA helped her and supported her to make her to feel better with confidence. Such positive cases from NARI EKTA help women from Asia, support the communities, promote the adult education and job marketing in the main society.

NARI EKTA is well known by the minority women and families. They do significant job for helping Asian women’s in further education and training. Definitely, I recommend anyone around me to come to or take the training from NARI EKTA. I do hope the government or authorities to keep supporting NARI EKTA for helping the minority women in order to help our next generations in the UK!

We need NARI EKTA; Asian women need NARI EKTA; families need NARI EKTA.

Hong Song is currently working as shop assistant at Leeds Bradford airport


Priti Dube

Thank you for being an excellent educational support provider. I appreciate your time, your patience and your hard work for giving me quality education and job training. I would like to give special thanks to Anita who trained me for the interview and supported me whenever required.

Thank you Nari Ekta and Anita for all your effort. Your support makes lot of positive difference in us.

Priti Dube got job at Freshways as admin asistant

Ritu Arora

My Experience of getting Training at Nari Ekta:

It helped me shape my career. Like other usual migrants from India, I also came to UK with my husband after marriage, leaving my job as a banker in Delhi, India. After being busy for next few years with my child being born and growing up, I started looking for work options. Nothing promising came up and despite having decent qualifications and work experience, I hardly even got interview calls.

After coming to Leeds, I got in touch with Nari Ekta. Even in my initial meeting with Anita, I got immense support with CV building. Subsequently I joined Administration Level 2 course as suggested to enhance my office based skills and to be familiar with generic UK legal Acts. I joined the course and added it to my CV. When I restarted my search I was surprised to see I started getting calls for interviews due to my upgraded CV and joining the course.

I found the course helpful in regaining my confidence, brushing up my skills and be more aware of general laws. My teachers and Nari Ekta Team were extremely helpful.

I soon got an interview call from NHS and was given lot of interview preparation support by Nari Ekta. It helped me get through the interview and allowed me flexibility to finish the course at my own pace.

I now work as Clerical Officer in Children’s Services in LGI. It has changed my life in a positive way and I owe my success to Nari Ekta.

Ritu Arora is working with NHS as Clerical Officer in Children’s Services


Manpreet Kaur

I came over from abroad to settle down with my husband. I worked in India for 9 years and wanted to continue over here as well. I looked for job and found part time job(one day) at store but I was not happy to do that job as I had working experience  with HR, Administration, Recruitment, Training and system implementation department.

My mother-in-law introduced me to Nari Ekta. I discussed with Nari Ekta Staff about my situation, work experience, work status and asked them to help me to get job in administration department.

Then one day, Ms Gursharan informed me about work placement opportunity with Leeds City Council and helped me to fill the forms. I got shortlisted, had interview and got selected.

I worked with Leeds City Council at Belgrave House from 04/01/2016 till 18/06/2016. All the staff at Belgrave house was really co-operative. My Manager always helped and motivated me to do new tasks and then I applied for full time permanent job within council. I got selected and now I am working as a support assistant in Children Social Work Services at South Seacroft One Stop Centre, Moresdale Lane from 27/06/2016.

I am really happy with my current job and pay my sincere thanks to all Nari Ekta Team for supporting me all the time and giving me opportunity to work with Leeds City Council.

I wish all the best to Nari Ekta for future endeavours.

Manpreet is working as a support assistant in Children Social Services, Seacroft.


Harneek Kaur

I came to Leeds in March 2016 on spouse VISA. I worked in India with renowned companies and had good work experience.

After coming to Leeds, I started looking for a job based on my previous experience and education. I applied for many jobs, registered on several job search sites but did not get any response from anywhere despite having good professional experience and education. I started to feel demoralised and was losing confidence in myself.

Then, I came to know about Nari Ekta in September 2016. I decided to visit Nari Ekta and to discuss with them. They listened my situation very patiently and suggested me to do Work for skills and bookkeeping courses to improve my skills and to find a job. They also offered me voluntary work to gain my experience in Leeds, UK.

I immediately joined Nari Ekta and this proved to be a good decision.

Gursharn, Anita and Jaspal are very supportive and helpful whenever I seek advice from them. They also assisted to structure my CV and cover letter and provided me the guidance. I mentioned about my courses and voluntary work in Nari Ekta in the CV.

I gained more knowledge about the general rules and laws about the city, about work culture here and enhanced my skills and confidence.

I got a call from a reputed organisation and successfully passed my interview. I am now working as an Operations Administrator in AECOM Limited company, Leeds.

Thank you Nari Ekta team for all your support and efforts.

Nari Ekta is an excellent gateway for Asian women and Ethnic minority communities, providing them opportunities of education and training to get the employment and to develop their confidence.

I do recommend to everyone.

I wish you all the best !

Harneek is working as a Operations Administrator in AECOM Ltd, Leeds.


Jaspreet Kaur

My name is Jaspreet Kaur. I am very new in this country. I did not know what to do and where to go for English course and job. My family member told me about Nari Ekta. Nari Ekta staff helped me a lot. They gave me chance to do voluntary work with them and helped me to learn office work for example using computer for data input, photocopying and lamination. They also gave me information about ASTHA (care company) for voluntary work because I have done nursing from India. I joined English course and gained confidence to speak English in front of other people. I learnt many new skills from Nari Ekta. I started voluntary work in care at ASTHA. I am very happy that I came to Nari Ekta and got all the help from the staff. Now I have started working with ASTHA which is going to help me to progress to my nursing career. I think Nari Ekta is a very good organisation for women.

Jaspreet started working at ASTHA as Care Assistant


Manjit Kaur

My name is Manjit Kaur. I lived in the UK only for one year. My English is not good. That’s why I am coming to Nari Ekta. When I started Nari Ekta I was not confident to speak English in my life. I am confident now after I have finished this course.

I learnt basic English at Nari Ekta. Examples include verb, adjectives, adverbs and sentences. I also met with some other people and I made some good friends. It improved my social life. I have applied job for restaurant and I am starting job soon. I am also planning to join other English course at Nari Ekta so I can join college in future to study GCSE English.

Manjit Kaur is working in a restaurant.


Maryam Muazzam

My name is Maryam. I am 32 years old. I came in UK February 2016. I was on waiting list in the college to start. I am still waiting. I spent most of my time at home because I did not trust myself and I could not communicate with others. But now it’s different after help from Nari Ekta staff. My language is improved and I feel more confident now. Now I need an intensive course in English.

Maryam passed her A2 exam for visa extension.


Sidra Khanam

When I started Nari Ekta I wasn’t confident to speak English in everyday life. But after I finished my course I am confident with speaking and I am ready to go to college for further education.

At Nari Ekta I learnt computers and basic English subject knowledge such as verbs, nouns, adverbs, adjectives, sentence structure and language tenses. I also gained confidence to speak in English in front of other people through group discussions. Nari Ekta staff is so kind and helpful. Nari Ekta is a good place to learn about English language. Nari Ekta played very important role to help me communicate with others. Thank you for teaching and supporting. I have confident to join college courses now. I am very happy that I have got the place on Teaching Assistant course in the college.

Sidra started Teaching Assistant level 2 course at Leeds City College.


Jie Sun

This Life in UK course is very important to me. Because in my future I would like to stay in here. I’m keen to learn. Also I take this course and enjoy it. I make a lots of new friends and I’m learning different languages. I appreciate the Nari Ekta tutors. I will start a class again and learn more and more. Teachers make learning easy for me. They gave us lots of papers in the classes and helpful for many questions which make the courses really interesting and I want to learn something again. They are well mannered and take good duty for their teaching.


Jie attended English, Maths and Life in the UK courses at Nari Ekta.


Barathy Matheesvaran

My name is Barathy Matheesvaran. I didn’t know about any women courses. My friend told me that Nari Ekta centre has many different courses. Then I joined the Nari Ekta centre. I learnt Life in the UK course, Driving theory and English B1 course. The centre staff is very kind, friendly and very helpful. They teach very clear and lots of explanations. When we have any doubt they solve and support us. When I joined to the Nari Ekta centre I learnt lots of things about UK and I improve my English knowledge. I got confidence now. I thank to Nari Ekta staff. I wish them they continue their services.

Barathy attended Citizenship, Life in the UK and Driving Theory courses at Nari Ekta.

Nurun Nahar Ahmed

I wanted to apply for UK citizenship. One friend told me about Nari Ekta course that she is already going to the class. I came to the class with my friend to join in and I do not have regrets. This Life in the UK course is so helpful and interesting. I think we should all learn about the history to gain more knowledge about the place we are living. I gained confidence as well to go through my test now. Thank you Nari Ekta and thank you Anita for your support and smile.

Nurun attended Life in UK course at Nari Ekta.


Robina Shaheen

When I started Nari Ekta I wasn’t confident to speak English in everyday life. But after I finished my course I am confident with speaking and I am ready to go to college for further education. At Nari Ekta I learnt about Life in UK test for example including the  values, principles of the UK, what is the UK, A long and illustrious  history, A  modern thriving society,The UK government , the law and your role in the society. Nari Ekta staff is so kind and helpful. Nari Ekta is a good place to learn. Nari Ekta played very important role to help me learn about British life. Thank You for valuable support and teaching.

Robina attended  English, Maths, Computer, Citizenship and Life in the UK courses and also did voluntary work at Nari Ekta.


Santosh Kaur

My name is Santosh Kour. I came from India. I have good education from back home and hoped to improve it further in UK. That time I didn’t know about UK and didn’t know how to catch bus. I had no confident at all. Then I came to Nari Ekta in 2015 and joined Computer, life in UK, English B1 and Driving theory classes. Now I feel confident. I really like learning on courses and the teachers are very good. It really helped me. In the future I want to do a nice job. I want to become independent and support my baby with his studies.

Santosh attended English, Computer, Citizenship, Life in the UK and driving theory courses at Nari Ekta.

Neha Nangla

My name is Neha Nangla. I am from India. I came to Nari Ekta and joined English Driving Theory class. I learnt what information is important for driving theory. Its really helpful. I learnt lots of useful things during the course. This course not only helped me to gain lots of knowledge but also increased my confidence. I got a chance to make new friends. I want to say thank you very much to NARI EKTA and its all members.

Neha is working as a care worker.