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Dyslexia, hearing loss, candidatesLynn Pattersonelliott, 49 years old from Johnstone, dreamt of becoming a qualified electrician.  She studied for a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Electrical Engineering and is currently completing a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Renewables at Glasgow Caledonian University.

Lynn was diagnosed with a rare form of dyslexia only five years ago which she said “held her back”, but thanks to support she received from Remploy, specialists in disability employment she is now taking steps towards a career as an electrician.

She was supported onto a construction work placement with Mitie after they secured funding from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) to deliver a project called ‘Think Differently’ which enables Mitie to provide invaluable work experience opportunities, training and mentoring for more than 60 disabled candidates. This initiative will see Mitie work in partnership with Remploy, the UK’s leading provider of specialist disability employment services.

Lynn started her work placement within Mitie’s Electrician’s department in September 2016 and said that the placement has been: “like gold dust” to her. I’m finding my time with Mitie very interesting and I can relate a lot of the learning from my degree to the practical elements of the placement.

“At the moment I’m shadowing the electricians at Mitie and learning a lot from this experience but I’d love to be able to use my tools soon. Things are looking promising and my confidence has been boosted by getting a foot in the door of my industry. My manager at Mitie has been very supportive and understanding”.

On living with Dyslexia, Lynn said: “Although I am intelligent, having dyslexia has held me back in almost every aspect of my life. In day-to-day situations I often find myself frustrated with not being able to express myself or explain things clearly to other people. Filling out forms or writing applications can also be difficult for me.

“I would definitely recommend Remploy to others like myself as they have been very supportive and have given me this opportunity with Mitie which I would never have found on my own, I’m putting in 110% and it’s very rewarding.”

Magdalena Guzy, Lynn’s Remploy Employment Advisor said: “Lynn joined Remploy with a real determination to progress towards her dream job, which is within the electrical sector. She has had many jobs so far and has excellent customer services skills. Lynn was able to gain numerous qualifications in her chosen field, however she didn't have any practical experience and was desperate to get a chance and do a placement in her chosen sector. Hopefully this placement will help her to progress towards her dream role.”

“On my recommendation Lynn attended a Mitie placement info session and the employers were very impressed with her - she was one of three candidates from the Glasgow branch to be chosen for a placement. Lynn’s determination, skills and enthusiasm are really infectious and we have been working hard to help make her dreams come true.”