58 young people into jobs with Hand Picked 100 at halfway stage

Monday, 26 November 2018

Hand Picked 100 has passed the half way point in its campaign to find life-changing employment for young people across Central Scotland. 

Since the campaign launched earlier this year, fifty-eight 16-24 year olds have found employment thanks to local business leaders who have stepped up to support the programme. The target is to find 100 employers willing to join Hand Picked and give young people paid jobs. 

Established by CR Smith, Hand Picked is Scotland’s only employability programme of its kind run by private business. Boss of the Dunfermline–based home improvement company, Gerard Eadie CBE, has been at the forefront of the call for businesses of all sizes to join the Hand Picked network.

It is his firm belief that helping young people understand what it means to be in work is the best possible careers boost employers can give. The Hand Picked programme includes paid job placements and in-depth work academies which help nurture the skills and self-confidence that young people need to land a job.

Mr Eadie said: “I would like to offer my gratitude to all the businesses which have come forward so far to assist young people who want a job.  It is really heartening to see our local business leaders showing their support for young people and we hope more will join us to help shape the workforce for the future.

“So far, we have helped 58 young people secure employment. We know that the opportunity to learn what is needed in a job, while actually experiencing paid employment, is a life-changer for those we have been able to assist.

“The Hand Picked programme has received the endorsement of former Prime Minister and Fife MP, Gordon Brown and has the backing of local schools, the third sector, employment agencies and the Scottish Government. With more businesses on board, we can continue to build on the success achieved so far through both the ninety-day paid work placements and the academies.”

Hand Picked identifies and places young people into paid jobs and the employers that take them on become part of a highly visible business network with a mission.

There are Hand Picked events, PR support is provided and each business will receive recognition and acknowledgement online, in local media, in government reports and through the use of the Hand Picked 100 campaign logo.

Since the campaign got underway in June, a wide range of businesses have signed-up, including Mactaggart & Mickel, Thomson Cooper, East Coast Drainage Solutions, Seahawk, Marine Harvest, Smith Anderson, Coorstek and Integrity Engineering. The wide range of roles offered extend from administration and customer service through to trades. 

In recent months, Hand Picked has also delivered three academy courses at CR Smith Head Office in Fife. The in-depth, short course gives young jobseekers a behind the scenes look at how employers make hiring decisions and invaluable training on how to successfully compete for jobs in the open market. Candidates take part in interactive workshops and receive mentoring and support from the team upon completion of the course to find employment.  A fourth academy takes place this month, with a fifth in January. 

Pauline McGeevor who runs the Hand Picked 100 campaign for CR Smith commented: “We have seen businesses rallying to support our campaign and more importantly Scotland’s young unemployed people. 

“In addition to the 58 securing jobs, we have 17 young people who have gone on to further education so that is another success story for Hand Picked 100.

To find out more about Hand Picked and how you can get involved why not pop along to the first Fife Social of 2019 on 17th January and speak to Pauline directly.