A Kirkintilloch teenager used work experience at a local hairdressers to springboard her into employment.
Kerry Ewing accessed Skills Development Scotland’s (SDS) services at the Southbank Road centre. Careers adviser Kenny Ross told her about the Certificate of Work Readiness qualification that aims to improve job prospects, provides work experience with study at Cumbernauld College.
“It sounded like a good idea and a good opportunity to me. It was 11 weeks for me to prove myself and get a job, so I went for it,” said the 18 year old.
Her work placement at Lennoxtown’s Gorgeous Hair and Beauty started in the Spring and within a few weeks Kerry was being asked to work extra hours.
“I was more than happy to do them as it gave me more chances to learn,” she explained.
When she was offered a Modern Apprenticeship Kerry was more than delighted to accept the job. She enjoys all aspects of her work in the salon and hopes to complete her apprenticeship training in a few months.
Her employer, Lynette Gallagher, said Kerry has been an asset to the salon. The company accessed funding to help with recruiting Kerry through SDS’s Employer Recruitment Incentive.
Lynette’s sister and business partner Charlene added: “Kerry has worked hard since she started with us and is always keen to learn. I would encourage other employers to give young people the opportunity as it has been good for the business and good for Kerry.”