Tag Archives: Hand Picked Scotland

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…
Read more

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

Thirty-two school leavers took part in two Hand Picked Academies, designed to boost their chances of being selected for one of 30 apprenticeships available at building services company FES Group. Over the three day course, the teenagers from St Mungos, Wallace High, Stirling High, Alva, Lornshill, Bannockburn, Larbert, St Modens and Queen Anne High School…
Read more

National Apprenticeship Week – giving a helping hand to young people

It’s National Apprenticeship Week and at CR Smith we firmly believe that young people are not only the lifeblood of the economy, but they are key to the future survival and continuing success of a business. In 2015 we set up our own bespoke apprenticeship programme which is tied to a City & Guilds framework.…
Read more

When the going gets tough, the tough get rough

It may be the middle of winter where the temperature has dipped below minus, but that didn’t stop five of our intrepid colleagues taking part in last weekend’s Big Sleep out, organised by homeless charity Social Bite. Marion Gillies, Cath Herdman, Mariola Szczesna, Lynn Richmond and Joanna Maclaine, donned several layers and braced temperatures of…
Read more

FES Group Hand Picked Academy Success for Second Year Running

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Seventeen year old Billy Angus has landed his dream job working as a Junior Engineer for Stirling-based building services company, FES. Billy is one of 34 teenagers from schools in the Stirlingshire area to boost their chances of finding a job by taking part in one of two Hand Picked Academies, sponsored by the FES…
Read more

Ricky’s Hand Picked Success Story

It is always heartening to hear a success story and for nineteen-year-old Ricky Spittal from Glenrothes gaining an apprenticeship with Taylor Wimpey East Scotland through CR Smith’s Hand Picked programme is exactly that. Having completed the Hand Picked training academy, sponsored by the housebuilder, the teenager has been recruited as an apprentice bricklayer and is…
Read more

Opening Windows of Opportunity with Hand Picked

Hand Picked is a unique employer sponsorship programme, which supports young people into employment.  Set up by CR Smith Chairman Gerard Eadie CBE five years ago, the initiative has helped over 250 young people gain placements on work training academies and paid sponsorship programmes. “I had no experience when I started but I would ask people. I would read…
Read more