New College Lanarkshire teamed up with the Malcolm Group, one of the UK’s largest providers of logistics, construction and maintenance services, to run a pilot employability programme.
The success of the partnership has already helped secure jobs for two young people from Lanarkshire.
The Entry to Work Stage 3 course ran full-time from March until July and was based at the firm’s logistics head office in Newhouse.
It involved six weeks of classroom training and nine weeks of work placement. It focused on skills such as employability, responsibility, customer care and personal development, leading to a Level 4 Certificate of Work Readiness Award.
The candidates who secured jobs were:
- Craig Hughes from Chapelhall, who is now employed as a Traffic Administrator
- Aaron Nodwell from Airdrie, who is a Warehouse Administrator
Referrals to the course were made by either Skills Development Scotland or the Job Centre.
The training was delivered by Gary Bryson, who worked for 18 years in warehousing and distribution before joining New College Lanarkshire as an Employability Officer.
Gary said: “Being able to study in a dedicated room at the Malcolm Group meant that the candidates could integrate with employees before they began their work placements.
“They also took part in work taster sessions that helped them to understand what the company does and how it operates.
“The staff at Malcolms were incredibly helpful in terms of the time, effort and patience they dedicated to our candidates.
“The success of this pilot scheme means that we hope to develop it further in the future.”
Gillian Mullen, Training & Development Advisor at the Malcolm Group, said: “We were pleased to support the Entry to Work programme, and were impressed by the high calibre of applicants and those candidates who progressed on to the programme.
“The involvement of the College and the tutor was superb, and the experience had a positive impact not only on the candidates but also on our employees who worked alongside them.
“The programme is a great way to prepare individuals for the workplace by making them aware of the skills and attitudes employers expect them to have.”
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