Supporting Youth Recruitment

Hand Picked is a unique employer sponsorship programme, which supports young people into employment.

Created by Gerard Eadie CBE, Hand Picked is run and operated by CR Smith on a charitable basis. It is driven by a network of Scotland’s business owners and employers who understand today’s labour market and who are committed to nurturing Scotland’s future workforce. They do this either by sponsoring a young person in a paid temporary job or by hosting a Hand Picked Academy for young people in their community.  

We believe there is potential in everyone if you are prepared to look. Hand Picked candidates are no different.  We simply give them the opportunity to learn about employer expectations, gain skills and work experience to help them move into employment. 

Some Hand Picked Candidates

Many of our young people get a head start to their new career through Hand Picked. Here are a few examples:

Hand Picked Employers

Here's what some of our employers think about the initiative: