Adam, who is originally from Hungary, was studying for a Business and Management degree in Holland and had located to East Renfrewshire as part of student exchange programme at UWS. He decided to put his studies on hold and spent a few months looking for employment without success. He volunteered at Voluntary Action East Renfrewshire to improve his CV and gain valuable work experience.
“If I can do it, anyone can. I was getting job alerts daily and this was the key to finding the job” – Adam, SERI Grant beneficiary.
While volunteering he was introduced to the team at Work EastRen and registered with them to get support to find employment. His advisor helped him to update his CV, register for email job alerts on the Work EastRen website and proactively sent his CV to potential employers.After approximately 6 weeks of receiving job alerts, a position for a Trainee Traffic Planner with Burns Express Logistics was posted. Adam had studied logistics as part of his degree and had worked in a logistic role while in Holland, so applied and was successful in gaining the job. Burns Express were successful in applying to Work EastRen for a Scottish Employer Recruitment Incentive grant (SERI) which was used to assist with his salary costs. Scotland's Employer Recruitment Incentive (SERI) targets support at unemployed young people. The goal is to get them into a job or a Modern Apprenticeship.
He has been working at Burns Express for a year now. During that time he received full on-the-job training for 3 months to become a Traffic Planner on the UK Pallet-track network. He then moved into HazChem network and the Irish distribution network. Both areas have developed his knowledge and skills and he plans to complete his studies at night school from September 2018. Adam stated ‘If I can do it, anyone can. I was getting job alerts daily and this was the key to finding the job.’