Jean delighted to be back in work

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A CRAIGNEUK woman who retrained for a new career is hoping her story will provide inspiration for unemployed people.

Jean Lindsay had to give up her job at Wishaw General to become a full-time, unpaid carer for her grandparents seven years ago.

After they passed away, Jean (26) was eager to find full-time work to better support her daughter Emma (6).

She turned to North Lanarkshire’s Working for support, and is now working in the kitchen at Motherwell’s Railway Tavern.

Jean took part in course designed to boost her self-confidence and started visiting her local Routes to Work office.

Her key worker suggested a catering and hospitality course at Motherwell College and Jean hasn’t looked back.

She said: “The course was really interesting. I learned a lot of useful information about hygiene standards and licensing laws and developed some basic kitchen skills.

“After completing the course in May, my Routes to Work key worker helped me apply for a position as a kitchen porter at the Railway Tavern in Motherwell.

“I really enjoyed the work, and I was offered the job after a two-week trial. I was overjoyed to be earning a wage again, and I’ve been having a fantastic time.”

Full story in January 20 edition of Motherwell Times