On course for em­ploy­ment

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Two Air­drie men have se­cured jobs through a pi­lot em­ploy­a­bil­ity scheme run by New Col­lege La­nark­shire and Mal­colm Group.

Craig Hughes of Chapel­hall and Aaron Nod­well from Air­drie are now re­spec­tively em­ployed as traf­fic and ware­house ad­min­is­tra­tors with the lo­gis­tics, con­struc­tion and main­te­nance ser­vices firm.

Both took part in the stage three “en­try to work”course at the com­pany’s Ne­w­house head of­fice, com­plet­ing six weeks of class­room train­ing and nine weeks of work place­ment.

Train­ing was de­liv­ered by col­lege em­ploy­a­bil­ity of­fi­cer Gary Bryson, who pre­vi­ously worked for 18 years in ware­hous­ing and dis­tri­bu­tion.

He 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 how the com­pany op­er­ates.

“The staff were in­cred­i­bly help­ful in terms of the time, ef­fort and pa­tience they ded­i­cated to our can­di­dates and the suc­cess of this pi­lot scheme means that we hope to de­velop it fur­ther in the fu­ture.”

Mal­colm Group train­ing and de­vel­op­ment ad­viser Gil­lian Mullen said:“We were im­pressed by the high cal­i­bre of ap­pli­cants and those can­di­dates who pro­gressed on to the pro­gramme.

“It’s a great way to pre­pare in­di­vid­u­als for the work­place by mak­ing them aware of the skills and at­ti­tudes em­ploy­ers ex­pect them to have. 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.”

Fore de­tails of em­ploy­a­bil­ity fund cour­ses visit www.ncla­nark­shire.ac. uk or call 0300 555 8080.

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