Work Choice programme helps Iain land first-ever job

CELEBRATING: Ian Wilken has landed his first ever job thanks to Momentum Skills Work Choice Programme. Picture: Submitted.
CELEBRATING: Ian Wilken has landed his first ever job thanks to Momentum Skills Work Choice Programme. Picture: Submitted.

A Peterhead man with learning difficulties, who for 12 years has been trying to get a job in the open market, is celebrating after getting his first-ever job thanks to the excellent support provided by Momentum Skills’ Work Choice programme.

Due to dyslexia, and difficulties surrounding the whole job application process, Iain Wilken (35), had been selling himself short to employers but now he is celebrating having secured a job as a landscape worker.

It’s thanks to the programme’s coaching which helped Iain get a job at Aden Country Park in Mintlaw where he undertakes a range of duties, such as driving a tractor and working in the park’s saw mill.

The Work Choice programme has helped build Iain’s confidence, supporting him to get a job that he really enjoys and which has given him a new independence – both financially and socially.

Work Choice is a Government-supported employment programme designed to assist people with disabilities to find and maintain employment.

Work Choice also aims to support employers to employ more disabled people.

Iain said: “Momentum Skills has been a fantastic help to me and, as a result, I now have a new outlook on life.

“The new job has also had a huge impact on me. By becoming more confident, I was able to take my driving test and now have my own car. I have also been able to get a mortgage with my sister and now have part ownership of my own home.

“I wasn’t able to afford these things before getting this job, and that often left me. But now I feel a sense of achievement and it is great to finally be in unsupported employment.

To find out about the programme contact the team on 0141 333 0567.