Bognor Regis woman is the face of a national work project

Sarah McLellan's poster on the London Underground
Sarah McLellan's poster on the London Underground

A young woman from Bognor Regis is being seen by thousands of commuters a day.

The face of Sarah McLellan is among those chosen to highlight the success of a programme to help people into work.

Her story is being featured on posters at Westminster Underground station in central London this month.

Sarah, 19, is seen as a star of Britain Works, set up by computing giant Microsoft.

She said: “The photo-shoot for the poster campaign was a great opportunity.

“I really enjoyed travelling to London for the experience. It was nice to get my hair and make-up done.”

Sarah lives in a Sanctuary Supported Living scheme in Linden Road. The Sanctuary Group has worked with Microsoft Academy to create IT learning chances at five of its supported housing schemes. This gives young people access to laptops and software training and use of the internet to search for jobs and complete college work.

Sarah successfully finished the training programme and was given a week’s work experience with Microsoft and BT.

“I came to live in Linden Road with a suitcase and no prospects,” said Sarah.

“One year on, Sanctuary has helped me grow as a young adult and helped me realise what opportunities there are for young people like myself.”

She is finishing her A-levels and plans to start a business degree this autumn.