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Success Is Brewing

John WilsonLike many others in the oil industry, John Wilson (45) was made redundant. After almost 20 years, and working his way up to UK Operations Manager, in May 2015 his career came to a halt. John had the benefit of redundancy insurance which cushioned the blow a little but eventually he had to face facts and work out his next move.

That's when John came to Dundee and Angus College through Skills Development Scotland’s employability fund. He liked the way the programme made him look at things differently. It wasn't just about writing CVs but making everyone realise they are responsible for their own actions. As John says, "From day one you're told the responsibility and ownership is on you. You are given the tools and the strategies then it's up to you. It's powerful stuff!"

John found it amazing to see the difference in some of his fellow candidates and the motivation within the group soon became infectious. They began to see solutions rather than barriers.

Using his new found confidence, John applied for something he wouldn't normally have considered and is now in full-time employment as a depot manager. And, even more impressively, John has also started up his own business - Shed35 Brewery. As an employer, he now wants candidates who have completed this programme to come to him as they have the right frame of mind and can-do attitude.

It just goes to show, redundancy doesn't have to mean 'signing on the brew' - in John's case, the brew signals the start of an exciting, successful business!