eCom Scotland playing their part in developing the young workforce across Fife

21st April 2020

In society, everyone needs to feel that the contribution they are making is valuable and has meaning and purpose. At eCom they are fortunate that, in helping their clients solve their business challenges, our work often has wider significance for society.

So they were delighted to get the opportunity to welcome Noa Shortridge to eCom for her placements as part of her Foundation Apprenticeship programme. Organised by DYW, the national strategy for strengthening links between businesses and education, this initiative develops young people and helps business by developing their future workforce.

Noa, a student at Inverkeithing High School, is also attending Fife College two days a week to study software development. This short video explains more about Noa’s placement with eCom.

They were also recently supported the Handpicked Academy, a programme that helps young people in Fife into employment. Run by charitable initiative Hand Picked and supported by DYW Fife, the programme is built around The Hand Picked Academy, which was set up by Executive Chairman of CR Smith, Gerard Eadie. Last year Hand Picked Academy helped 80 young people into jobs, with a further 27 choosing to move into further education or stay on at school. As part of the eCom’s Managing Director, Wendy Edie, was delighted to help students at some of our local high schools to learn about what matters most in the job application process and how they can make a great impression with potential employers.

Commenting on her involvement, eCom’s Managing Director, Wendy Edie, said “Helping young people has always been very important to me and it’s also something I really enjoy. It’s great to be involved with this programme and to get the chance to help young people improve their chances of gaining employment.”

We recognise that the skills people have, their knowledge and the way they work, is what drives the success of the organisation they choose to work for. That’s why we like to get involved with these kind of initiatives and why we design and develop digital learning that can be accessed anywhere at anytime.

Another example of how we support Fife’s young people is our work with the University of St Andrews. The StAN First Chances project was set up to help students from underrepresented backgrounds consider applying to the University. The social learning platform we developed means pupils can connect with mentors in further and higher education, in a fully secure way, which helps them strengthen ties with the community and local schools. And for convenience, there’s also a mobile app.

We’re delighted that, in developing our range of innovative digital learning solutions, which support workforce learning both locally and around the world, we’ve able to help these young people enhance their career prospects too.

If you would like to know more, please do get in touch. You can Contact Us Online or by telephone on 01383 630032.

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