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On Course For A Career

The D&A Cashback Academy works with unemployed people giving them training and instruction in website design and creative marketing while also looking at breaking down barriers to education, enterprise and community benefits.

Connor and StuartPart of this initiative involves offering unemployed 18 to 25-year-olds the chance to develop digital web and graphic skills with hands-on interactive learning.

Two 20-year-olds, Connor Patrick McDade and Stuart McLaren, are testament to how this programme has worked wonders.

Connor began at the college in Supported Education learning basic skills then progressed to a Creative & Digital course. He now works part-time and volunteers with GreyLodge Settlement’s Intergenerational Project and has already used his new-found skills to create posters and flyers at work.

As Connor says, “I didn’t have good secondary school results so I’m glad I took this opportunity otherwise I don’t know what I’d be doing now.”

Meanwhile, Stuart admits he was a bit lazy when he left school and wasn’t applying for enough jobs. The Job Centre referred him to Dundee and Angus College where he attended a Web Development course. Here he has learned new skills using various software and is now on another course which concentrates on coding.

Stuart believes attending these courses has helped his confidence. “I’m still not sure exactly what direction I want to go in but I’m getting to try a bit of everything which will help me decide.”