Case Study: Alan Hamilton
Forklift training after Alan Hamilton had been made redundant meant he was the front runner for a new job. the 44- year- old from Cumbernauld was working as a fabricator for a company in Bellshill last October when it announced redundancies.
Alan said: “the people came in from PACE, including skills Development scotland and New College lanarkshire as well as Routes to Work, right away. they couldn’t have done any more for us.”
After meeting Alan, Routes to Work training coordinator Marion Paterson assessed his existing skills and suggested courses to enhance his prospects.
It was agreed that undertaking Counterbalance forklift training, along with CsCs ( Construction skills Certification scheme) certification would offer him improved job prospects.
Alan also updated his CV with help from PACE Adviser Glenn Manchip, who specialises in supporting people facing redundancy.
Condorrat- based Alan said: “I went for the job with Alumac ( scotland) and there were other people who were experienced fabricators like me, but I had the forklift licence and I’ve been told this helped me get the job.”
shona struthers, Colleges scotland’s Chief Executive, said: “the strong partnership between New College lanarkshire, skills Development scotland, and the scottish Government through PACE allowed Alan to immediately retrain which quickly led to him being employed as a forklift operator.
“the services delivered by PACE Partners play a crucial role by retaining capable people in the workforce, and scotland’s colleges remain utterly committed to continuing this successful partnership approach.”