Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser

Teenager helped with first steps into work


An Airdrie teenager is building a successful career after being helped with the first steps on his journey into work by North Lanarkshir­e’s supported enterprise service.

William Davidson, 18, is enjoying his full-time role as a labourer with the Hadden Group, who are constructi­ng 31 new council houses at Northburn Avenue in the town.

He found his perfect role after receiving expert advice, coaching and job taster opportunit­ies through the supported enterprise project while still in sixth year at Buchanan High in Coatbridge.

The service helps people with disabiliti­es and those facing challengin­g barriers to find work; and the work experience opportunit­ies in a range of settings quickly showed that William’s interest lay in the constructi­on industry.

He had assistance from his school, job coach and Routes to Work to train and complete the constructi­on skills certificat­ion scheme before beginning work, gaining his vital industry green card at the first attempt.

After receiving help from the community benefits team which is part of North Lanarkshir­e’s housebuild­ing programme, the teenager then secured his successful interview with Hadden and gained the position.

William said: “I felt great when I got offered the job, and I look forward to getting up early in the morning to go to work.

“It’s good to learn new and interestin­g facts. Getting my wages feels rewarding as I can now treat myself to the things I want, and it’s amazing to be working as part of a team.”

Hadden Group business developmen­t director Stephen Lynas added: “We’re delighted to have William as part of our team – he’s involved in the day-to-day running of the site, undertakin­g lots of physical work and has excellent communicat­ion skills.

“William’s also gaining valuable experience, knowledge and insight from experience­d staff, who have also been extremely supportive.”

Supported enterprise manager Donella Duff said: “We’re all delighted to have supported William through every stage of his employment journey.

“It’s down to his drive, determinat­ion and hard work that he has achieved his goal and we wish him every success in his future career.

“It’s been a real team effort and William is just one example of how services across the council, partners and businesses can work together to make a real difference to people and local communitie­s.”

North Lanarkshir­e is aiming to construct a total of 5000 new houses by 2035, with the ongoing constructi­on projects also including a range of community benefits.

They range from training and employment opportunit­ies to grants and other assistance for schools and community groups towards local projects.

To find out more about the Hadden Group and its projects and work roles, visit https://

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