Cumbernauld woman living the dream after becoming a pastry chef is the 20,000th person to be helped into a job scheme


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Katherine S.

When Catherine Scorgie showed up at a Routes To Work session organized by North Lanarkshire Council, her social worker Janice asked her what she would like to do for a living.

“Bake cakes” was the answer, but that was easier said than done. With no real work experience and lacking in confidence, Catherine took courses to build her self-esteem and learn employability skills before successfully applying for an internship to give her a taste. what the job would be like.

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In May 2021, Catherine was offered a job as a full-time kitchen assistant at the Royal Hotel in Crieff – a huge step as it involved moving to a new town and renting an apartment. The work was busy and Catherine experienced a range of tasks around the kitchen, which she enjoyed. This learning and experience enabled Catherine to apply for a new job with Crieff Hydro at the end of last year – she was successful and now has her dream job as a pastry chef!

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So she now spends her days baking those cakes she told her social worker about at the start of her Routes To Work journey.

Catherine also participated in a special ceremony to celebrate the initiative where her success story was presented

She said: “I’m still on my feet and wouldn’t be where I am today without the support of Routes To Work and Janice throughout the process. I would like to say a thousand thanks for everything. It’s an incredible feeling to be one of 20,000 people being helped to find work.

Councilor Paul Di Mascio, chair of the board’s Enterprise, Growth and Fair Labor Committee, attended the event and presented Catherine with a gift to mark the occasion. He said: “It was inspiring to see the great work done by everyone at Routes to Work over the past 20 years to help 20,000 people find jobs. By developing everyone’s skills, knowledge and experience, the staff has helped to improve the quality of life for everyone and their families.

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