Lauren McMath - Dumfries and Galloway

Lauren McMath

A qualification designed to help young people find work has turned life around for a Dumfries and Galloway teenager.

Lauren McMath, 17, left school in fifth year. She had been unemployed for more than a year before she completed the Certificate of Work Readiness and secured a job.

The unique employer assessed award, developed by Skills Development Scotland, offers improved job prospects and transferable skills in self evaluation, planning and goal setting that can be applied to any workplace. It includes 190 hours of ‘real life’ work experience alongside time with a training provider.

Anne Clark of Lowland Training Services said Lauren’s commitment was clear from the two hour round trip she made to attend the programme and how she excelled in her work placement at Dumfries retailer Krush. While she was there, Lauren learned customer service, sales and cash handling skills.

“We encouraged her to apply for vacancies while she was on the programme and she was successful in getting a Modern Apprenticeship at the Hospedia contact centre,” explained Anne. The company supplies televisions and other services to hospital patients.

Lauren, from Sanquhar, said the best part of her job is helping people and she plans to carry on developing her skills once she has completed her apprenticeship.