I decided to take part in the Glasgow Guarantee scheme to help support me back into work after a long time off raising a family.
After a meeting with my employability provider, they carefully explained the registration process and support I would receive on my journey to find a suitable paid job.
I left school with very few qualifications but through raising a family and being a stay at home mum I realised my timekeeping and budgetary skills were really good. I found that I was regularly looking forward to helping my children with their maths homework each night and realised that it was maybe the right time to expand my horizons and develop my own skills further.
My employability provider supported me at each step of the way – helping to build my confidence, develop my CV and get me ready to start applying for real jobs. They took me through the online registration process on the Glasgow Guarantee website and were even able to verify my status there and then – meaning the next day I was able to start surfing and see all the available jobs immediately
I was really lucky to land a job as a trainee book-keeper with a local construction firm and each day is like a school day – but better as I get paid for it! I have developed so many new skills, learnt how to use new IT equipment and software packages and really built my confidence up by meeting so many new people. I go home each night feeling like I have achieved something and made a difference.
Next month I start working towards my book keeping exam, which is also funded as part of the Glasgow Guarantee scheme. I never ever thought I would get this opportunity to achieve a recognised qualification later in life. I feel so proud to have got this far and my kids think it’s so funny that mum is now the one having to study for an exam – but I love it.
I would urge anyone who has been out of work for a while to register with the Glasgow Guarantee – you will be amazed at the support you receive to help you on your journey into the workplace. Meeting with your local Employability Provider and chatting through your options is your first step towards your future. They will help you prepare and get ready for change and I can honestly say being part of the Glasgow Guarantee has been such a positive experience for me. Thank you both to my employability provider and my employer for taking a chance on me – I won’t let you down!