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In S4, North Lanarkshire teen Gemma stopped attending school and didn’t know where her future would lie. After accessing Skills Development Scotland's (SDS) Next Steps offer, she’s secured work, and is feeling far more positive about the future. 

When Gemma first got in touch with SDS, she didn’t know what she wanted to do or even where to start. An adviser suggested that she get involved with SDS’s Next Steps offer, an intensive programme of careers information, advice and guidance aimed at young people aged 16 to 18-and-a-half. 

Through the programme, Gemma was introduced to SDS work coaches who provided one-to-one careers guidance on a regular basis. The approach worked well for Gemma, and she didn’t miss an appointment at the centre. 

Working with Navid, she revealed that she was interested in a career in construction. She liked helping her dad with joinery tasks, and through discussion and research, reckoned a construction training course or Modern Apprenticeship would be a good starting point. 

With encouragement from Navid, and using the career management skills gained through her coaching sessions, Gemma applied for an Employability Fund construction course through training provider TIGERS. 

Gemma has now gained all her construction tickets – CSCS card, Asbestos, Health and Safety, Confined Spaces and First Aid certificates – and has gained a job with CADA Properties as a joiner. 

The support from SDS has helped Gemma to turn her life around – and she’s now thriving in her chosen career. 


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