Routes to Recruitment -
European Structural & Investment Fund Youth Employment Initiative (YEI)
Success Story - Lyndsey Lang
to beginning the Routes to Recruitment course I was well known to my advisor
from Kilmarnock Jobcentre due to me trying to secure employment which was not
easy as I have 2 children and I am also a lone parent. I was unable to secure employment within the
path I wished to take as I had no experience and from my own experience
potential employers were not willing to take someone on to train as more
and more employers are looking for experience as well as academic credentials.
I was employed doing bar work which was trying as the hours were
unsociable when you have young children.
an appointment with my advisor at Kilmarnock Jobcentre I was given information
about the Routes to Recruitment course which would be delivered by East
Ayrshire Council and my name was put forward as a potential candidate for one
of the 8 positions available. I was
successful in being appointed to attend for interview with Jacqueline Sullivan and
Yvonne Anderson and was delighted when I was selected to be given the
opportunity to be part of this programme.
was intense during the first few weeks of the course but with the help from my
mentor/assessor Jacqueline Sullivan I successfully completed my National
Progression Award in Administration and Office Skills & Services and also accomplished
The European Computer Driving Licence ( ECDL).
Gaining these new skills and most importantly
to get a proper understanding and knowledge of Administration, not only enhanced
my proficiency to enable me to carry out my duties within the course but also
boosted my confidence. I have also met
new people and made some good friends.
work placement opportunity to gain some valuable work experience within an
office environment within HMG Financial Services became available for which I
was selected to attend for an interview.
Following my interview I was delighted to be offered the position within
the company. My first day was so nerve wracking
and I doubted my ability to put into practice everything I had learned during
my course, but when I got there everyone made me feel so welcome and quickly I
began to relax and instantly felt I was part of the team. During my time with HMG I have been able to
put into practice what I had learned within the course and I have also been learning
new things from the finance sector and have attended further training to enhance
my skills in email marketing and team building.
staff at HMG are amazing team which and I am overwhelmed to be part of and I
have now been offered a permanent position within their company as their Admin
life 26 weeks ago before I knew this course existed has totally transformed in
many ways and has enabled me to be more confident within myself which is
reflected through my children’s faces and just knowing the future for myself
and my family has changed is beyond belief. I am truly grateful to all
staff from East Ayrshire Economic Development, especially Jacqueline and Harry
McGinn and Kate Lindsay from HMG for making this possible.
funded by the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) supported by European
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