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:// www.hadden.co.uk/