School leavers take part in hand picked academies to boost chance of FES apprenticeships

School leavers take part in hand picked academies to boost chance of FES apprenticeships
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Teenagers from across Forth Valley aiming to kick start their careers as apprentices took part in a top employability course run by building services company FES in conjunction with Hand Picked from CR Smith.

The thirty-four school leavers each held over three days at the FES training centre in Stirling. The Academy courses were specifically designed to boost the teenagers’ chances of being selected for one of the 28 apprenticeships available at FES.

This is the fourth consecutive year of a successful collaboration between FES and Hand Picked, an employment opportunities programme run by CR Smith for young people.

Last year, six candidates on the Hand Picked course were offered apprenticeships with FES and 10 took up apprenticeships with other local companies. For those that don’t go on to become FES apprentices, they leave the course with greater skills and confidence to help them compete in the jobs market.

Robert Wood, Contracts Director at FES, said: “Hand Picked came to us over four years ago and brought a fresh and unique approach to support young job-seekers and create a platform for them to learn important employability skills whilst showcasing themselves to prospective employers.

“FES is a company based in Stirling which is proud to do its part to help local schools and their young people as they go out into the workplace. We see the Hand Picked Academies as a good platform to help bridge the gap between school and starting work.  It is our way of giving back to the local community to assist its young people with the Academies which are dynamic, pro-active and extremely professional.”

He continued: “We now recruit a third of our apprentices through delivery of this course, however the main benefit we see is that all candidates walk away from the experience with newly found skills that make them visibly confident in themselves as they seek employment.”

 

School leavers take part in hand picked academies to boost chance of FES apprenticeships

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