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Simon begins his dream in IT with support from Ardrossan team

Updated: Feb 18


Simon had been a carer for is mother for several years and during this time he was unable to find a job that provided him the flexibility he needed. Even though he was a full-time carer Simon was very keen to gain work experience. He decided to do some temporary work to fit around his carer responsibilities.


Simon was ready start a job that would offer him a stable professional and home life, but he did not know where to begin.


Why did Simon join Fair Start Scotland?


Simon lacked confidence and doubted his abilities entering back into a working environment. His biggest fear was failing in anything he did and when he joined the service his Key Worker Carol focused on supporting him through this.


Simon did not know where to start in terms of looking for jobs as well as dealing with the barriers he faced every day. It was difficult for him to find a role that would work alongside the care of his mother.


How did Fair Start Scotland help?


Key Worker, Carol developed an action plan with Simon which was aimed at developing his skills and helping him overcome his personal barriers. Simon attended the Confidence Building workshop which focused on building his self-belief.


During their regular meetings, Simon expressed that he had an interest in the IT sector, but he didn’t know if his skills would be enough to fit the role. Carol supported him with CV support, interview preparation and training which focused on IT.


Getting the job


With support from Carol, Simon built the confidence to apply for a Trainee ICT Technician role at Cunninghame Housing Association. Simon was delighted to secure this role as it will be the start of his IT career. Simon has now set out his long-term goals which is to progress in his new role. He will continue to receive in-work support to make sure he settles in his new role and working environment.

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