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Aspiring flight attendant Cameron found himself without a job or training place when he left school and turned to Skills Development Scotland's (SDS) Next Steps programme for support. 

Cameron initially had a place at college which, due to issues with public transport, didn’t work out. This lead him to reach out to Elysha, the careers adviser at his old school, for help. 

Over the course of eight months, Cameron worked closely with Elysha through Skills Development Scotland’s (SDS) Next Steps programme. Aimed at unemployed 16 to 18-and-a-half-year-olds, Next Steps provides intensive careers information, advice and guidance to those who need it most. 

Through regular meetings, Cameron worked with Elysha to explore opportunities and to identify his own skills and strengths.  

Cameron had always dreamt of being airline cabin crew. When a friend moved to Bristol, he had the opportunity to move too – and started looking at his options south of the border. 

Elysha helped him search for courses and jobs, and he eventually applied for a Level 2 course in tourism at a Bristol college. He was offered an interview, and Elysha worked with him to prepare.  

"Cameron met with me regularly over the few months and through coaching, we built his confidence to take the first steps in pursuing his ambition to be an airline host. He has gone from having left school, being unemployed and unsure of what he wants to do to living in Bristol, working part-time and pursuing his ambition at college.”

Elysha, Careers Adviser

He travelled south for the interview and called the centre to let Elysha know that he had been offered a place – and would be moving in just four weeks. 

Over the summer, he called again to say he’d gained a part-time job in a local supermarket, and that he’d also passed his driving test ahead of starting college. On completion of the course, he hopes to apply for the next level which is specifically designed for those wanting to work as cabin crew and has strong links with Bristol Airport. 

Cameron’s work with his local SDS centre has had a big impact on his life, and he’s now taking his first steps towards his ambition of working in the aviation industry.  

Elysha said: “Cameron met with me regularly over the few months and through coaching, we built his confidence to take the first steps in pursuing his ambition to be an airline host. He has gone from having left school, being unemployed and unsure of what he wants to do to living in Bristol, working part-time and pursuing his ambition at college.” 

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