Tag Archives: youth development

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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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…
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CR Smith apprentice joiners carve career through CR Smith apprenticeship programme

National Apprenticeship Week draws to a close today, and for us, apprentices are vital.  They are the next generation of employees and what help keep our wheels in motion. For some young people, when they’ve walked out of the high school gates for the final time and into the big wide world, venturing onto the…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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Handpicked breaking barriers with third Academy at CR Smith

Handpicked breaking barriers with third Academy at CR Smith The Hand Picked Academy, set up by CR Smith Chairman Gerard Eadie CBE, played host to its third successful employment academy. The week-long training course is designed for young people who have been attending countless interviews for jobs but who are struggling to secure the roles.Participants were…
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