Good News Stories
Stephen joined the service in November 2020 with very little
work experience. He was struggling with sleeping and it was
amplified with underlying anxiety and depression.
Stephen didn't know where to look for work as many jobs required
work experience or they were looking for skills he didn't have. The
current pandemic and restrictions made it even more difficult to
find the right job.
After joining Fair Start Scotland, Stephen and his Key Worker
worked on vocational profiling to identify the right career path
for him and the type of skills he could bring to a role. His
Key Worker quickly noticed that Stephen had great computer skills
and he explained that he enjoyed building and repairing computers
in his spare time. This helped his Key Worker create a CV focusing
on his IT and electronic skills.
Stephen was surprised to find out that his hobby had given him
so many transferrable skills that could be used in any job. With
the help of his Key Worker, Stephen identified a job as a Technical
Processor - a job perfect for Stephen as it suited his
Stephen was offered an interview and his Key Worker made sure he
was fully prepared by doing mock interviews with him.
Stephen was absolutely delighted to be offered the Technical
Processor position. He has now been in the role a month. He loves
being in a routine and is looking forward to his first wage which
will give him a better quality of life.
Kawsu moved to Scotland from Gambia after serving in the
military for The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO)
peacekeeping in Sudan. Kawsu had little work experience in this
country and was having issues securing interviews, he struggled
with completing application forms and did not have a CV.
Kawsu also struggled a little with the language as he found it
difficult to understand the accent. Due to Kawsu's Visa he was
unable to claim any benefit while he was here therefore it was
important that he found a job quickly.
Kawsu joined Fair Start Scotland and was supported by his Key
Worker to produce a CV, highlighting all the transferable skills he
had gained from peacekeeping in Sudan. He attended several training
courses on how to complete application forms and interview
preparation. He also attended several confidence building workshops
as he had previously been unsuccessful at finding a job.
Kawsu's Key Worker supported him to set achievable goals in both
his work and personal life through his action plan. As the support
continued, Kawsu started feeling more and more prepared to start
looking for work. He felt all the workshops and help from his Key
Worker had prepared him well so together they began searching for
the right job to suit his needs and skills.
Kawsu was invited to an interview and attended further interview
preparation workshops to ensure he was ready for the interview.
Kawsu was successful in securing full-time permanent employment
with a warehousing firm.
Through his In-Work support, he advised his Key Worker he has
taken part in lots of in-house training which makes him feel
valued. Kawsu feels his turned his life around, he's sleeping
better and feels that he is now giving something back.
Kawsu continues to be supported by his key worker through weekly
calls to make sure he is well and making sure he is supported in
his new role.
Clare had to leave her supervisor role in retail as it was
becoming too physically demanding for her. She has Hypermobility
and Crohn's Disease and she was expected to lift heavy items up and
down stairs while also working up to 50 hours a week. This had a
very negative impact on her emotional and physical health.
Clare's confidence took a huge knock and she felt she could no
longer work at the business. She wanted to move on to an
office-based role that would allow her to help others who may be in
her previous situation.
After joining Fair Start Scotland, Clare and her Key Worker
worked together to create a new CV and cover letter for her, as she
had gained many transferable skills that would benefit an
office-based job. She also attended interview workshops and
confidence building sessions to help gain back her self-belief and
give her experience in an interview environment.
During their meetings they saw a role as a Job Coach for the
Department for Work and Pensions that they felt Clare would be
great for, as she matched many of the requirements. Clare was
delighted and eager to apply. She was supported to fill out the
application and accompanying documents.
Clare was supported to prepare for the interview by going over
commonly asked questions, along with running mock interviews so
that she would be comfortable in the setting.
The interview was a success and Clare was offered the role. She
said: "I'm really appreciative of all the support I received on
Fair Start Scotland. The coaching I received while on the service
has given me the confidence I needed to apply for the job coach
role, and that I was given excellent support throughout the
recruitment, in terms of both the application and recruitment
sessions. The service I have received from day one has been
fantastic and has exceeded all my expectations. Everyone took the
time to understand my needs as an individual and found a job
perfect for me''