Fast food giant boosts employment
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.”
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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