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Audrey Lawson, a 48-year-old from Airdrie, had years of service to Cumbernauld-based firm OKI under her belt when closure plans were announced in August 2018.
She explained the sense of shock she felt. “We didn’t see it coming,” she said. “It came out of the blue so there was disbelief at first. You couldn’t believe that after working somewhere for 23 years, you weren’t going to work there any more. It was daunting.”
The Scottish Government’s initiative for redundancy, Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE), stepped in to provide the staff with support. Skills Development Scotland (SDS) delivers PACE with partners including JobCentre Plus, local authorities, and Citizens Advice Scotland.
Audrey said: “I first heard of PACE at workshops on CV writing and preparing for an interview.
“You hear a lot of horror stories about job hunting so we all wanted to be as prepared as possible. The careers advisers gave us the Positive Steps book which contained a lot of information.”
SDS careers adviser Glenn Manchip supported Audrey in moving forward.
She said: “Writing a CV is very different to the way it was the last time I did it 23 years ago, but Glenn was fantastic. He helped me with the language I was using and the best ways to get my message across.
“Getting that service from PACE was vital. The help around preparing for an interview and how to overcome nerves was also really helpful.”
If you’re an employer faced with implementing redundancies, or are experiencing redundancy yourself, PACE can help you and your staff move on. You can access PACE services in three different ways:
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