Routes to work

Practical work experience and positive destinations

Summer 2021 update

It’s been a very exciting time for our students on the employability programme with lots of new opportunities arising. We are delighted to see five of our students progress from work experience placements into part-time paid work.

John is at Altskeith Country House, Kinlochard, where he is busy in the kitchen working as a kitchen porter, covering a variety of shifts during the week and also weekends.

Patrick is at Benview Garden Centre near Aberfoyle, one day a week, replenishing pet food supplies as well as carrying out general garden centre tasks.

Alex is also now employed one day per week at Duff Trees, Buchlyvie, as a general worker. He is carrying out essential, seasonal tree maintenance, ensuring that the Christmas trees are in good condition for sale at wintertime. Alex also attends Duff Trees for an additional day, as a training day.

Amanda has had her hours extended in the laundry at Altskeith Country House, Kinlochard, to a full day and is now being paid.

Cameron continues to work at West Moss-side Farm, one day a week, strimming and mowing grass as well as gardening in the productive vegetable garden. He also decided to apply for seasonal gardening work at Dun Eaglais Lodge, Kippen, and has successfully secured this.

Cameron says:

West Moss-side is a lovely place to work, doing multiple jobs I enjoy”

“Dun Eaglais is a great opportunity and a really enjoyable place to work”

Many of our other students continue to develop their employability skills in various work placements throughout Stirlingshire.

Patrick and Daniel are carrying out essential trail maintenance each week at The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre, Aberfoyle.

Another of our students, Marjorie, identified a job at Callander petrol station, that she had seen advertised, and although she was too late to apply for the job as it was filled very quickly, she was offered a work placement there where she is gaining valuable experience in the forecourt and shop.

Jamie continues to help maintain the Aberfoyle Golf Course, while Sam continues to volunteer at Start Up Stirling.

John has also just started a new work placement at Waitrose in Milngavie; initial tasks include replenishing shelves, a busy schedule for John at the moment. He has also been working in the kitchen at Altskeith, helping the chef with food preparation.

We are also ready to have one of our students on placement at Maggie’s Aberfoyle Kitchen very soon, and with other work placement opportunities on the horizon, it’s just a matter of weeks before more students have the opportunity to take up new work placements.

Our employability support manager, Jean Gavin, offers continuing support to both students and work placement providers. She also supports staff and volunteers to ensure we give every student the best opportunity we can in the workplace.

Of course none of this could happen without the ongoing support of businesses both local and Stirling wide, offering our students the chance to develop their skills and reach their aspirations. We very much appreciate all their support. And of course a huge thank-you to all of our employability volunteers, in particular, who have supported our students to develop their skills on the job.