Unemployed people across the country are being encouraged to start volunteering rather than just sitting at home and claiming benefits.
Many areas of the UK have been hit hard by the recession and this has made seeking employment very difficult, however now the country looks to be moving forward again this will see more jobs become available, but prospective employees will be scrutinised to the smallest detail as the competition will be so high.
Voluntary Action North Lanarkshire works with a range of people to help them gain relevant work experience or just turn their hand to something else that in the future could see them gain fresh employment or help them to possibly go it alone and start their very own company. One person who has taken this is Martin from Newmains, he was a former plasterer and tiller that was initially effected back in 2009 when the recession took hold of peoples purse strings.
The scheme gave him the ability to realise that there was no need to just sit at home and hope someone would get back to him, so with the help of the VANL he gained a sports leadership award that will now see him able to look in to setting up his own business or get a solid job with a gym and this is further strengthen as Martin is a former PT instructor in the Army. Martin said “The VANL programme really acted as a catalyst for me to follow my dream and become a personal trainer. It gave me the background knowledge I needed to run my own successful business.”