Building for the future

A project which supports Fifers seeking employment is celebrating after placing its 50th client in a job since July.

Kingdom Housing Association Ltd’s Fife Works Project runs the Opportunities Fife Employer Programme with Fife Council.

Amanda Wright (42), from Dunfermline, became the 50th success story and is now a community liaison officer at Graham Construction’s base in Glenrothes.

The company successfully secured the contract to build the Glenrothes leisure centre and worked with Fife Council to increase employment opportunities for local residents.

Joanne Aitken of Kingdom Housing Association, said: “In the current economic climate, it is encouraging that employers continue to recruit for opportunities such as these. Amanda is thrilled to have been selected for this position”

Amanda (pictured), a mum of two teenage sons, was forced to give up her job in finance when her late husband Graeme was diagnosed with leukaemia.

She said: “I am one of those people that just has to be active all of the time, so I love getting up and going to my work in the morning.

‘‘It’s a very busy job, but that’s what I thrive on and I especially enjoy the opportunity to work with so many different groups within the community.”

Amanda oversees administration on site as well managing all community engagement.

She has continued to work closely with Fife Works Project and helped other locals find jobs with Graham.

Five people are now working on site and further job opportunities are planned for the future, including two apprentice positions during the later stages of the project.

Amanda has also had a major role in the relationship between Graham Construction and Adam Smith College where she co-ordinates site visits.