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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.”

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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11 new recruits join the CR Smith bespoke apprenticeship programme

Eleven aspiring joiners will this month take up their places on the bespoke CR Smith apprenticeship scheme that has been carefully developed by our own staff and Fife College to meet the skills required by the home improvement business. As well as developing the quality of workmanship needed for installing the CR Smith Lorimer range of…
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We’ve launched a new campaign in a bid to find jobs for 100 local young people. Hand Picked 100 was established by CR Smith boss Gerard Eadie CBE to get the support from 100 employers who are willing to give young people the chance to boost their career opportunities through a 90-day paid job. Under…
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A helping hand onto a career path

CR Smith is proud to run Hand Picked - Scotland’s only employability programme run by private businesses – helping young people gain new skills for employment. For some 16-24 year olds, it can be tricky to find a job, especially if they’re unsure of what career they want to follow. However, throughout the years, we’ve…
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