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Lothian woman up for national employability award

A Lothian woman has been shortlisted for a national award for helping unemployed people on their journey back to work.

Angela Doran, 39, of Livingston, has been shortlisted in the Adviser of the Year category at the fifth annual Employability Awards, run by the Employment Related Services Association.

Angela, who works as a personal consultant for employability, skills and offender rehabilitation provider Working Links, devotes her time to supporting and developing people as they look towards sustainable employment. In the last year, she has already been recognised for her work internally having been the organisation’s top performer.

Although focusing on local Lothian customers, Angela’s work is experienced across the country, with her methods and experience being captured by Working Links and utilised in other delivery regions. Her work has been turned into service manuals to act as guides to help other consultants in their work and less experienced consultants across the country are encouraged to work alongside Angela to develop their skills.

On being shortlisted for the award, Angela said: “I’m delighted to have been shortlisted for the Adviser of the Year award and to have the opportunity to represent Working Links. I very much appreciate the platform Working Links and my Manager Lorna Beaton have given me to use my skills to support people back into sustainable employment.”

Working Links performance manager Lorna Beaton said: “Key to Angela’s success is that she successfully delivers on the challenging balance of building rapport with her customers whilst encouraging them to try things out with their comfort zone in order to progress them. Moreover, Angela leaves no stone uncovered, relentlessly and at pace ensuring customers get the support and opportunities they ought to have. Critical to this is her work with specialist partners and employers and her ability to focus on finding and negotiating the right solutions for her customer when faced with obstacles.

“She has changed so many lives of people for the better, with some customers feeling there was no hope or certainly no working future for them before working with Angela.”

The Employability Awards aim to showcase and champion best practice from across the employment support sector. Covering ten award categories, they have been judged by industry experts and demonstrate the breadth of work involved in supporting people into work. Winners will be announced at a special ceremony in London on 29 June.

Angela Doran


To find out more about Working Links helps communities, call 0800 917 9262 or contact us.

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