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Ciaran’s career hits the heights after conquering his fear

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Ciaran’s career hits the heights after conquering his fear

Ciaran Whyte’s career is now hitting the heights– after he got over his fear of them!

The 17-year-old was terrified of heights until he joined Renfrewshire Council’s Recruit programme

His first challenge as a Recruit saw him rock-climbing, something he’d never tried before, because of his fear.

He said: “Overcoming my phobia was amazing. I quite like heights now, and I’m going to try gorge-walking next.”

However, it’s not just his fear of heights Ciaran has conquered – he feels more self-confident too.

He said: “The Recruit has helped me improve my confidence, whether in an interview setting or just talking to people I don’t know.

I find socialising easier, and I’m less nervous about job interviews. I’ve learned how to communicate better and improved my presentation skills, too – now I know what to wear to impress an employer!

Ciaran has also received help from Invest in Renfrewshire with his CV, and took part in a CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) training course, which will allow him to work towards a career in the construction industry.

He has also been accepted to a TOPS (Training Opportunities in the Public Sector) placement, which offers six months of work experience with Renfrewshire Council’s Community Resources department, and he couldn’t be happier.

He said: “I’d tell other young people to get to the Hub; it’s the best thing ever. The advisors there will meet your needs, and help support you back into employment.”

For more information on The Recruit see here, and to find out what TOPs placements are, see the Work Experience section of our website here.

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