Impact of Year One

Ground Breaking – Award Winning

Since the launch of Breaking Barriers, the first of its kind programme has been recognised for its effective approach to youth employment:

  • Winner of the Youth Employment project of the Year, Herald Diversity Awards 2018.
  • Recognised as a pioneering project in the Scottish Charity Awards 2018.
  • Shortlisted for Herald Society Awards 2018.

The first eight graduates of  Breaking Barriers received their received their Certificate in Applied Business Skills in front of family, friends and their peers. In November 2018.

Here are their stories of how Breaking Barriers has impacted their life.



Before joining the Breaking Barriers programme, Andrew, an avid computer programmer in his spare time, already had a keen interest in digital media and was keen to gain a better understanding of the wider business world generally. After struggling to gain meaningful employment in his desired field for a year or so, Andrew joined the programme and excelled in both the academic lectures, as well as in the workplace due to his willingness to learn and strong work-ethic.

As a direct result of his participation in the programme and a successful work trial, upon completing the programme, Andrew was offered a full-time paid role with a web-design and marketing firm as a Digital Marketing Assistant, where he is now responsible for web-development, SEO optimization and social-media coordination for the company’s various clients. Andrew has now firmly established himself within his new company, has become more accustomed to the work environment and has become more confident in his own abilities.

Alongside his new position, it is now Andrew’s intention to undertake a graduate apprenticeship in business management in order to further his transferable skill, advance within the company he now works for, as well as fulfilling his long-term ambition of studying at undergraduate-level at university.


While working across different teams in the Legal, Customer Service and Digital departments at Scottish Power, Heather was able to take responsibility for a variety of clerical and administration roles, including document creation, updating staff calendars, processing stationary orders and internal mail delivery, and even got the opportunity to work with senior members on the Legal team on a then upcoming company seminar on the wider impact of modern slavery.

Throughout the course of her placement with Scottish Power, Heather was praised for her constant dedication, hard-work and cheerful disposition by her colleagues and in every department she had the chance to work in, numerous staff commented on the difference she made to the overall atmosphere of the workplace due to her inquisitive nature and infectious sense of humour.

Having successfully completed the course, Heather was excited to continue her journey through education and towards work. Heather was accepted into a higher level further education course to continue her studies and was successful in gaining part-time employment and plans to work throughout her time studying, with the ultimate goal of achieving full-time employment on completion of her course.


Before joining the Breaking Barriers programme, Cameron was unsure whether he would ever be able to actually attend higher education or even enter sustainable employment.

Having the opportunity to attend the programme has not only allowed Cameron to build his resilience and personal independence, but also given him the chance to experience a taster of life as a student, while also meeting new people and building new friendships in an academic and work environment along the way.

During his extended work-experience with Scottish Power, Cameron was ecstatic to be able to have the opportunity to work alongside colleagues within the HR department, where he was responsible for call-handling, data-entry, updating staff files and training records and a variety of other clerical and administration tasks in an inclusive, professional working environment.

Cameron is keen to continue his progress and had chosen to continue to work on his communication, social skills and confidence in a volunteering opportunity. He continues to be engaged with ENABLE Works services and meets regularly with his Employment Coordinator to work on his personal, targeted employment action plan.

Where are our Year One students now?

  • 3 students moved into Employment.
  • 1 student moved into Employment alongside continuing their education
  • 2 students continue their support from ENABLE Works
  • 2 students have continued their studies



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