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Outstanding achievements recognised at East Renfrewshire Employability Awards

Residents from across East Renfrewshire were recognised at a special awards ceremony celebrating their employment achievements

December 2017

The East Renfrewshire Employability Awards, organised by the Council's Work EastRen employability service, highlight the successes of those who have excelled in furthering their career and training prospects in the last 12 months. 

Awards were handed out in six categories at the inaugural event held in The Foundry, in Barrhead.

It is fantastic to shine a light on the outstanding achievements of these local residents who have worked hard to further their career and improve their employment opportunities. The Work EastRen employability service provided by the council aims to help unemployed people of all ages from East Renfrewshire into work. Through one to one support, the team works hard to ensure you are job ready, confident and prepared for the world of work. Whether you are long-term unemployed, just out of school, or looking for a new challenge the team can provide valuable assistance. This year's awards were another fine example of what can be achieved and I congratulate every one of our residents who were recognised at the event.
Council Leader - Tony Buchanan

Winners in each category were:

Work EastRen Best Trainee - Naomi Gray, from Barrhead

Naomi initially attended the Work EastRen 'Prepare to Care' course and after a successful three week work experience placement at Applecross Nursing Home was offered a full-time position as a Care Assistant. Naomi is now studying towards her SVQ Level 3 in Social Sciences and Health Care.

Modern Apprentice of the Year - Murad Murad, from Barrhead

Murad is a Catering Modern Apprentice at Barrhead High and has become an asset to the team through his conscientious attitude to work.

Development in Employability Award - Iain Henderson, from Neilston

This award recognises the person who has shown stand-out commitment to training and development. Iain had been unemployed for a number of years before joining the Council's Adult Learning Team's Flexible Support Programme. After volunteering within the Council's Housing Services section, Iain has now secured a full-time post as part of the HIT Squad, an innovative programme aimed at tackling estates which have a mix of rented and privately owned homes, improving the appearance and appeal of the areas.

Developing the Young Workforce - Marc Wilson, from Barrhead 

A former Head Boy at Isobel Mair School, Marc was recognised for his drive, commitment and enterprise to moving onto further/higher education. Having gained work experience in Waitrose and Crookfur Homes, Marc has now earned his place at college doing a Step Course to further his job prospects. He also works part-time in Greenhouse Community Café within Eastwood Health and Care Centre.

Family Firm: Special Recognition Award - Jodie Turner, from Barrhead

Family Firm is about getting the best from the range of opportunities available locally to support improved learning, training and employment for care experienced young people. Jodie was unsure of what her next steps would be after leaving school and joined the Family Firm pre-employability course which helped to develop her confidence and job skills. While on Family Firm, Jodie completed a successful work placement in a local nursery and this allowed her an insight into the early year's sector. After the placement, Jodie decided that she wanted to pursue a career in this area and applied for the MA in child care at East Renfrewshire Council.  She is now in the second year of her apprenticeship, excelling in her role at Carlibar Nursery and has a bright future in the sector.

Working Matters: Special Recognition Award - Anne Marie Miller, from Newton Mearns

As part of the Glasgow City Region City Deal, Working Matters has been designed to assist people to develop a strategy and the relevant skills to secure sustained employment and to become resilient within the labour market. Having been unemployed for a period of time, Anne Marie was supported through the Working Matters programme to get back into the workplace. She launched her own business as a self-employed counsellor at the start of the year and received financial support from Working Matters for her initial 12 hours counselling supervision, business insurance and a contribution towards the cost of a laptop. 

A number of other residents received special recognition certificates on the night. These were Caroline Brocklehurst, Thomas Boyle, Charlotte Fleming, Ross Kelly, Christopher Rourke, Kieran McClure, Emma Gallacher, Niamh McInnes.

The Work EastRen team provides free advice and support to East Renfrewshire residents who are searching for a job or work placement, looking to further their career or are needing training support.

The team is based at The Foundry, although outreach work is also carried out in Clarkston, Giffnock, Neilston, Newton Mearns and at Langside Job Centre. 

For more information about Work EastRen go to their website, call 0141 577 8438 or email

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