Student success with ISS

Seven students from New College Lanarkshire have found employment with one of the world’s largest facility service providers following completion of a college programme.

Working across venues in Lanarkshire, the group gained employment with ISS after completion of Employability Fund programmes at the College – which include mandatory work placements.

Aimed at developing skills, confidence and experience of unemployed members of the community, the College’s range of Employability Fund programmes have proven a great success for these now employed students.

Within the services provided at the College’s Motherwell Campus, four students have taken up employment, including Cheryl Welsh, 28, from Motherwell and Kimberley Crichton, 21, from Wishaw, who both started with ISS as Hygiene Assistants following completion of the Certificate of Work Readiness Programme.

They joined Billy Tyrie, 51, from Wishaw who started with the College seven years ago as a Hygiene Assistant after completing a placement programme at the former Motherwell College. He is soon to become a janitor in the campus.

Billy will work alongside Ricky McCunnie, 21, from Motherwell who completed a six-week work placement within the College before starting employment as a janitor four years ago after completing Certificate of Work Readiness programme.

In Landscaping Services, Mark Hamilton, 43, from Motherwell was offered employment after completing a placement during his Certificate of Work Readiness programme, similar to colleague Robert Murray, 31, also from Motherwell.

Shannon McShane also achieved success with ISS. The 16-year-old from Blantyre has been offered employment in Hairmyres Hospital Communications Department after taking on placements across the hospital during her Certificate of Work Readiness Programme.

Anne-Marie Irwin, Employability Officer at the Motherwell Campus, said:

“Since starting Employability programmes at Motherwell Campus, ISS have played a big part in offering placements within the College, Hairmyres Hospital and their landscaping division. They have been a big support to the students providing work experience, improving confidence and offering employment. 

ISS managers and supervisors have all been supportive towards the students which we very much appreciate and we look forward to continuing our partnership with them.”

John McFarlane, Manager at ISS, said:

“It is fantastic to see the hard work that the employability team at New College Lanarkshire put in to assisting people currently looking for work. ISS and New College Lanarkshire have established a fantastic working relationship over the years and I am proud to be able to continue and build upon that.

Where possible we will endeavour to assist in finding work placements and employment opportunities not only within our own contract here at New College Lanarkshire but in many of our other divisions and contracts locally.

The students who have gone on to get permanent employment with us are a testament to the programmes on offer at the College, as they have proven to be fantastic employees.”

New College Lanarkshire works with Skills Development Scotland (SDS) to deliver a range of courses through the Employability Fund.

The courses aim to build confidence, boost communication skills and develop team working skills to help the local community get into employment. Applicants must meet certain criteria, including being unemployed and aged over 16-years-old.

There are three levels of courses that we offer:

  • Stage 2 – Prepare Yourself For Work, a programme to create a foundation upon which you can build your employability skills, personal development and core skills.
  • Stage 3 – Entry Into, a programme to help you develop vocational skills and enhance employment opportunities through work experience with a local employer.
  • Stage 4 – Career Ready, a programme to provide industry-specific courses with opportunity for direct access to employment.

For more information, you can email employabilityfund@nclan.ac.uk or call 0300 555 8080.

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