Kat, who is now employed permanently as an organic laboratory technician by Envirolab in Hyde, began her career with a six-month placement through the scheme in 2018. Offered by Tameside council, Tameside YES aims to find a minimum of six-months’ paid employment for Tameside young people, aged 16 to 24 years.
In the video, Kat explains how she got involved: “I first heard about the Tameside Youth Employment Scheme at the job centre. I was shown a list of the current vacancies they had opened through them. I saw the laboratory technician role and thought it sounded great. I decided to participate in this scheme because it seemed like a great way to build my confidence whilst also gaining a pathway into a career that I wanted.”
Gemma Lancashire, Envirolab organic extraction laboratory supervisor, is Kat’s line manager. She also features in the video, commenting, “We had a vacant laboratory position going and Kat wasn’t really interested in an apprenticeship. We offered her instead a six months work placement, which then blossomed into a permanent employment. My experience working with Kat has been absolutely fantastic. Considering she came into this industry with absolutely no previous experience, she took on the job role fantastically and she works well as part of the laboratory.
“The difference that working with the Tameside YES has made to our business is that we gave an opportunity to somebody who would not necessarily usually come to us. It’s given Kat the ability to get a bit of experience and work in a new industry.”
To date, through Tameside YES, Tameside council has created 130 jobs for young people who were not in education, employment or training.
“The Tameside Youth Employment Scheme has made a huge difference in my life. I have gained lots of valuable new skills, I’ve built so much confidence and now I’m set up with a career,” adds Kat.
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