Chipping away pays off for trainee

Archived news: published on Friday 06 Jun 2008 by Fife Council

Katrina (right) with her Development Worker, Pam Hamilton (left).

Katrina (right) with her Development Worker, Pam Hamilton (left).

FIFE Intermediate Labour Market (FILM) trainee, Katrina Paterson (23) from High Valleyfield was celebrating last week after scooping the Workplace Learner award at the Fife Adult Learner Awards ceremony at the Rothes Halls in Glenrothes.


Katrina joined the FILM project, which is co-ordinated by the Council's Development Services, in May 2007 and currently works as a CNC operator and joiner with Dunfermline based joinery business Nimbus Style Ltd. which is part of the Manor Kingdom group. She found out about FILM while attending a four week intensive training course with Fife Council and on joining the project moved straight in to a 13 week work placement with Manor Kingdom.  


Before joining the FILM project Katrina had a succession of short term jobs which included a small amount of on-the-job training. As a result of the FILM project and Katrina's hard work she has been offered an apprenticeship with Manor Kingdom which will allow her to develop her skills and follow her dream of becoming a qualified joiner.


Commenting on her win Katrina said: "I'm thrilled to have won this award, it means a great deal to me. FILM helped me get the job of my dreams which enabled me to receive further appropriate training which helps my job prospects for the future."


Katrina has proven that through dedication and hard work she has become an asset to her team. This is echoed by her employer. Shirley Simpson, HR Manager with Manor Kingdom, who said: "Katrina has done very well indeed and the management of Nimbus Style would like to congratulate her on her achievements. To win this award clearly demonstrates her commitment and standards of workmanship."


Violeta Ilendo, Inclusion and Opportunities Manager with Fife Council's Development Services said: "Katrina has worked hard to achieve her goals to work in joinery. Development Services FILM staff supported her and employer Manor Kingdom, to help Katrina move through training and into employment. This was achieved through a customised package of support and high levels of commitment from all involved. We wish her the very best of luck."


FILM is a jobs training project that works with companies who can provide employment opportunities for young people and adults across the Kingdom. A number of organisations have already signed up to the project. Companies that take part are offered a funding and support package, meaning that both employers and trainees benefit. 


FILM is supported through European funding and is available across a range of occupational areas to meet skill shortages and areas of labour market need in Fife.


To date, 180 young people and adults have been involved in the FILM project, with 106 securing permanent jobs.


For more information about FILM contact Fiona Grubb, FILM Project Support Officer on 08451 55 55 55 ext. 40 67 52 or Grant Leaburn on 08451 55 55 55 ext. 40 67 23.

For more information contact

Grant Leaburn, Lead Officer - Employability & Skills 
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 40 67 23 Fax: 01383 602542 Contact Grant Leaburn online
By Post: Kingdom House Kingdom Avenue Glenrothes Fife KY7 5LY
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