Marie Campbell has recently joined SBHA as our new Employability Adviser. We caught up with her to find out more about the job and the help that she offers.
What is ‘Employability’?
Employability is the skills that you need to get a job, to stay and progress in the world of work.
What does your job entail?
My job entails supporting unemployed SBHA tenants across the Scottish Borders, through the Go4It programme. The programme aims to help participants to improve their employability skills, empowering them to resolve any barriers to employment, and help them into work experience placements, training, or employment.
The main focus is to work with participants on a one to one basis, helping them to develop their CV, assistance with completing job application forms, improve interview skills and techniques, skills which will help them to secure and sustain employment. When training or employment has been secured, mentoring support can be given in the following weeks.
What did you do before you joined SBHA?
I worked for 20 years in the Construction Industry. Initially I worked in an administration role, developing into a support role for Senior Management and working my way up to Office Manager. The last 4 years I developed into a Corporate and Social Responsibility Role as an Added Value Co-ordinator, which involved co-ordinating and managing School Programmes, organising Site Visits, Work Placements, new start site opportunities for local unemployed, as well as managing and delivering all Community Benefits for our projects in Scotland.
Who can get help?
The Go4It programme is available to all SBHA tenants of all working age, and at risk of redundancy.
I’m leaving school, and I’m not sure what I want to do. Can you give me some advice?
It is assumed that when you leave school, you go to college or university, then you get a job. This is not the case. There are many Pathways to employment that can be considered. Any schools leavers who are not sure about their pathway to employment can get in touch for a chat.
I’m not having any luck finding jobs – I think I need to access some training. Can you help?
There are free or subsidised courses available in different sectors, and with the help of external agencies we can assist in identifying training needs, or help with literacy and numeracy, as well as support in updating digital skills.
I haven’t worked in a long time. Can you help me get ready to get back into work?
By working with partnership agencies we can provide assistance with training, and help with the key skills required to secure a job, along with one to one support and mentoring.
My son / daughter could use your help. Can I make a referral on their behalf?
I have experience delivering employability skills workshops with secondary school children, as well as having long standing links with Developing the Young Workforce and local colleges, this will strengthen the opportunities for the young people of the Scottish Borders.