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A tough time at school and difficult home life meant that Sinead left with few qualifications. After engaging with Skills Development Scotland's (SDS) Next Steps programme, the Clydebank teenager is now in a full-time job and excited for the future. 

Sinead was removed from mainstream education due to her behaviour and poor attendance and got started at an alternative establishment for pupils with behavioural needs.

At her new school, her behaviour improved, but didn’t leave school with as many qualifications as she would have liked due to lack of availability. 

Coming from a family with a history of substance abuse, Sinead was looked after away from home and felt that she didn’t have anyone who she could turn to for support after leaving school. 

When Sinead first came to SDS, she was nervous and embarrassed due to her lack of qualifications and work experience – but very keen to get support.  

She got started on Next Steps, a programme of intensive careers information, advice and guidance support for unemployed young people aged 16 to 18-and-a-half, or up to 25 for care experienced young people. 

Sinead didn’t know what she wanted to do in terms of career, but she did know that she wanted a job which would involve helping people with addiction problems.  

Her careers adviser Emma started by booking in a series of morning appointments to help her get into a working routine. At these appointments, they spent time talking about Sinead’s concerns and experiences, and started working on positive thinking and developing Sinead’s strengths.  

"The support from SDS helped me a lot. If I didn’t work with Emma, I wouldn’t be in work, I wouldn’t have any money and I wouldn’t be as happy as I am now.”

Sinead worked on developing her CV and noted that she needed to gain some work experience and training. She applied for an Employability Fund programme with Street League.  

The Fund supports young people towards employment through a number of local training programmes. She went on to complete stage three of the Street League programme. 

The feedback from Street League was fantastic, and Sinead recently attended an event with the organisation and delivered a presentation about her success on the programme and the impact which the support from SDS had made. 

Sinead left the Employability Fund programme when she successfully applied for a job with Alternatives, a community drugs service based in Clydebank – her dream job. 

When Sinead first came to SDS, she was nervous and full of self-doubt. Now, she’s far more confident and still stops by the centre to keep in touch with her careers adviser.  

Sinead said: “The support from SDS helped me a lot. If I didn’t work with Emma, I wouldn’t be in work, I wouldn’t have any money and I wouldn’t be as happy as I am now.” 

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