Elena Silich, Senior Case Worker

Elena Silich, Senior Caseworker

I joined Bridges Programmes in 2010 but have known the company for over 10 years as I was originally a client. In 2008, I attended the Equipped for Future course, completed a placement at a construction company and as a result was offered a job as a Health and Safety Engineer which was my occupation in my home country.
After the economic downturn, the construction industry collapsed so I decided to change my career and became an Immigration Advisor for the Scottish Refugee Council.
Throughout this time, I was still in touch with Bridges and they offered me a role as Caseworker which I welcomed as they had helped me in the past and this was my chance to share my experiences with the clients and improve their futures.
I was promoted to Senior Caseworker in 2020. I arrange and manage placements with companies and organisations for the clients, recruit organisations and companies and suitable clients and represent Bridges at relevant events. I like working with the clients because I have first-hand experience going through the immigration process, have a deep understanding on what people go through to settle down in new country and I am more than happy to support clients and share my knowledge.

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