Fife job seekers complete Taylor Wimpey East Scotland Hand Picked Academy and boost their employability
Thirteen young people from across Fife have boosted their chances of finding a job by completing a week-long stint at the Hand Picked Training Academy sponsored by Taylor Wimpey East Scotland.
The 16-23 year-olds – comprising a mix of school and college leavers and unemployed young adults trying to get back into work – took part in a range of workshops and site visits throughout the week before being interviewed for one of Taylor Wimpey East Scotland’s apprenticeships.
Six of the 13 candidates have now progressed to the second stage of the recruitment process and are being considered for a bricklaying and joinery apprenticeship.
The course was held at the housebuilder’s Dunfermline office and started with sessions in ‘Marketing and Selling Yourself’, covering application letters, CVs, online profiles and making the right first impression, followed by workshops on the art of conversation, confidence and interview techniques.
The candidates went on to meet with site managers, trainee engineers, management apprentices and office-based staff to learn about the jobs available at Taylor Wimpey and enjoyed an informal session with the housebuilder’s Managing Director Ian Drummond.
Developed by CR Smith boss Gerard Eadie CBE, the Hand Picked Academy is part of an employer-based programme of initiatives to support young people into work. It’s designed to challenge perceptions of the workplace, while equipping candidates with the necessary skills and knowledge to enable them look for and secure employment for themselves.
The Taylor Wimpey East Scotland Hand Picked Academy was specifically designed to help the housebuilder recruit new apprentices, while giving all candidates the opportunity to learn how to improve their job prospects.
Martyn Campbell, Production Director for Taylor Wimpey East Scotland, said: “Our team has enjoyed getting to know this year’s participants of the Hand Picked Academy and we’re delighted that so many of them have progressed to the second interview stage. This is a practical programme that gives young people the tools to have better success in securing employment and we’re confident that everyone in the group will use their experience to go on to make great career choices.”
Pauline McGeevor for Hand Picked added: “Hand Picked is unique as it is entirely employer-led. It has been designed to develop job-seeking skills, build confidence and provide real work experience for young people aged between 16 and 24 looking for employment. It is distinct from other employability schemes because it has been built totally from the employers’ perspective.
“By working with Taylor Wimpey, we are supporting the recruitment of young people into their business whilst helping others in the local community to succeed in their job search.”
The Taylor Wimpey Hand Picked Academy candidates are: Josh Anderson, Sean Weir, Lewis Vine, Brandon West, Daniel Butt, Dominic McMurchie, Ricky Spittal, Callum Dick, Liam McAughey, Dylan Harrison, Jay Watson, Jamie Mack and Connor Murdoch.