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SCHOOL LEAVERS TAKE PART IN HAND PICKED ACADEMIES TO BOOST CHANCE OF FES APPRENTICESHIPS

Teenagers from across Forth Valley aiming to kick start their careers as apprentices took part in a top employability course run by building services company FES in conjunction with Hand Picked from CR Smith. The thirty-four school leavers from Alva Academy, Stirling High School, Bannockburn High, Lornshill Academy and Wallace High School attended two Hand…
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Social Bite Thank You Dinner

CR Smith staff were invited to the Social Bite Thank You Dinner with activist and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Malala Yousafzai on Wednesday 13 March. Joining approximately 2,000 other supporters and fundraisers in attendance, they got to enjoy an inspirational evening featuring a facilitated conversation with Ms. Yousafzai, an address from Social Bite co-founder Josh…
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Shirley-Anne Somerville visits to celebrate apprentices

Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Social Security and Older People, visited our Dunfermline head office on Friday 8 March, to learn more about our bespoke Apprenticeship Programme and plans for its future.

She visited head office and toured the workshop, meeting CR Smith apprentices in our purpose built training facility.

Following the tour, Ms Somerville had the opportunity to discuss the benefits of apprenticeships with two former joinery apprentices and a current accountancy apprentice. She also heard first hand why the programmes are influential to an organisation’s sustainable future from CR Smith MD Ian Macfarlane.

Shirley-Anne Somerville, MSP commented:

“I was delighted to meet with local apprentices, and learn about their experience of working at CR Smith.

“It’s great to see a Dunfermline employer working closely with Fife College to create new skill bases in the local economy.

“Modern apprenticeships are an excellent way for people to earn and learn on the job, as well as an important opportunity for employers to invest in their workforce.

“That’s why the Scottish Government is expanding the number of Modern Apprenticeship places available to 29,000 next year, to help to build skills for the future.”

AHEAD OF NATIONAL APPRENTICESHIP WEEK, CR SMITH CELEBRATES 4TH ANNIVERSARY OF BESPOKE APPRENTICESHIP SCHEME

CR Smith’s bespoke apprenticeship programme is celebrating four years in operation. Tailored specifically to meet the skills required by the home improvement firm in collaboration with Fife College, the scheme is on its second intake of apprentices and represents an investment of more than £100,000 by the firm in its future workforce. Eleven apprentices are…
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Marking the achievements of our apprentices

Eight CR Smith joiners marked the completion of their Apprenticeship at a special awards ceremony in the firm’s head office, ending 2018 on a high note.  Recognising their achievements were CR Smith Managing Director, Ian Macfarlane, Head of FIX from CR Smith, Kevin Eadie and three senior figures from Fife College, Frazer Walker, John Hamill…
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