Jobs boost

Fast food gi­ant boosts em­ploy­ment

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Mur­ray Spooner

Em­ploy­ment in Ruther­glen has been given a boost af­ter a new KFC opened up in the town last week.

The com­pany opened their Dal­marnock Road branch on Au­gust 4 and have re­cruited 36 mem­bers of staff from the burgh and sur­round­ing ar­eas.

Ruther­glen teenagers who were hired by KFC have wel­comed the open­ing of the new restau­rant in the town as the fast food gi­ant pledged to hire lo­cal work­ers.

The store opened its doors to their Dal­marnock Road branch on Au­gust 4, and have re­cruited 36 mem­bers of staff from the burgh and sur­round­ing lo­ca­tions to boost em­ploy­ment for the area.

Young work­ers have spo­ken of their de­light at find­ing a job in either part­time or full-time em­ploy­ment with the com­pany.

Eric Kong, 19, from Ruther­glen, who will be work­ing in the kitchen, said: “I’m look­ing for­ward to start­ing but I’m a bit ner­vous.

“I went to a job fair and gave my CV to ev­ery­one. Af­ter that I got called in a few days later for an in­ter­view.

“I’m go­ing back to col­lege so this job will help build my con­fi­dence and help me earn money as well as study.”

Barry Rusk, from Spring­hall, left school and went straight into a full­time job with KFC.

The 17-year-old added: “It’s helped me get to know more peo­ple and I’m look­ing for­ward to work­ing here.

“It’s my first job and it gets me on the job lad­der.”

Man­ager Phil Divers was on hol­i­day dur­ing the restau­rant’s fam­ily and friends day on Au­gust 3.

His as­sis­tant, Kieran Woods, took charge of the team who prac­ticed serv­ing and get­ting to grips with the kitchen equip­ment by of­fer­ing fam­ily mem­bers and friends a free meal.

Kieran told the Re­former it was an ex­cit­ing time for the lo­cal work­ers.

“It’s a com­pletely new set up and de­sign that KFC have never had be­fore,” he said.

“We hired 36 of the team through the job cen­tre, a youth em­ploy­ment ini­tia­tive and some from in­ter­nal re­cruit­ment. It’s im­por­tant to have peo­ple liv­ing in this area, work­ing in the area.

“It will ben­e­fit the com­mu­nity es­pe­cially for train­ing and devel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties and, even though we’ve all started as team mem­bers, the pro­gres­sion is end­less be­cause we of­fer ap­pren­tice­ships and you can move up to team leader very quickly.”

Mar­garet Fer­rier, MP for Ruther­glen and Hamil­ton West, cut the rib­bon to an­nounce the open­ing of the store.

Af­ter tuck­ing into a com­pli­men­tary ice cream, served by Calum Shaw and Con­nor Pater­son from Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang, she said: “I wish them all the best and hope they make a suc­cess of it.

“The ma­jor­ity of the work force are all lo­cal which is great to hear be­cause we want to boost em­ploy­ment in the area.

“I’ll be keep­ing in touch with the man­age­ment to find out how many cus­tomers come through the door and also what their staff turnover is like.”

It’s im­por­tant to have peo­ple liv­ing in this area, work­ing in the area

or­gan­i­sa­tions we know are hav­ing a ma­jor im­pact in ad­dress­ing the many chal­lenges fac­ing women to­day.

“We have pre­vi­ously funded La­nark­shire Rape Cri­sis Cen­tre and we are keen to sup­port even more groups in the area.

“There are nu­mer­ous com­mu­nity groups across the coun­try car­ry­ing out in­spi­ra­tional work and we are on a mis­sion to sup­port as many as pos­si­ble and make a dif­fer­ence to the women in Scot­land.”

Ap­pli­ca­tions can be made us­ing a sim­ple on­line process on the Foun­da­tion Scot­land web­site.

More de­tailed in­for­ma­tion for ap­pli­cants is avail­able on the Women’s Fund page on the Foun­da­tion’s web­site www.foun­da­tion­scot­land.org.uk/ pro­grammes/ wom­ens-fund- for-scot­land/

To ap­ply visit https://www. foun­da­tion­scot­land.org.uk/ pro­grammes/wom­ens-fund-forscot­land/ no later than Septem­ber 28, 2016. Grand open­ing Mar­garet Fer­rier cuts the rib­bon

Tuck in Calum Shaw and Con­nor Pater­son serve up a tasty meal for Mar­garet Fer­rier

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