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We're recruiting a Project Co-ordinator

Wednesday, 6 September 2017 Hand Picked Scotland is a youth employability initiative founded by CR Smith Chairman, Gerard Eadie CBE.  It inspires confidence in young people and in businesses across Scotland by actively encouraging the employment of young people who find...

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We're recruiting a Project Co-ordinator

Spaces now available for next Hand Picked Academy

Tuesday, 5 September 2017 The Hand Picked Academy at CR Smith starts Monday 25th September 2017 in Dunfermline. The Hand Picked Academy gives young job seekers a real insight into what employers look for in applications, CV's and at interview.  You will spend four...

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Spaces now available for next Hand Picked Academy

Lucky Thirteen: Young Fife job seekers complete Taylor Wimpey East Scotland Hand Picked Academy

Monday, 26 June 2017 Thirteen young people from across Fife boosted their chances of finding a job by completing the Hand Picked training academy, sponsored by Taylor Wimpey East Scotland. The 16-23 year-olds, a mix of school and college leavers and unemployed young...

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Lucky Thirteen: Young Fife job seekers complete Taylor Wimpey East Scotland Hand Picked Academy

FES Group hosts Hand Picked Academy in search of new Apprentices

Thursday, 4 May 2017 Stirling-based building services company, The FES Group, partnered with Hand Picked for a second successive year to run two Hand Picked Academies as part of its recruitment programme for the next intake of apprentices. Looking to fill 36...

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FES Group hosts Hand Picked Academy in search of new Apprentices

Housebuilder to recruit apprentices through the Hand Picked Academy

Monday, 24 April 2017 Taylor Wimpey East Scotland is partnering with the Hand Picked Academy to help recruit up to seven new trade apprentices. The week long Hand Picked training course starts on June 5, 2017 and is open to 16 -24 year olds throughout Fife and the...

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Housebuilder to recruit apprentices through the Hand Picked Academy

Courtney's hard work pays off.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 Courtney (19) from Dunfermline grasped her Hand Picked opportunity with both hands and hasn't looked back since; but like so many young job seekers her journey to success hasn't been straightforward.  At 16, Courtney left Woodmill High School...

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Courtney's hard work pays off.

Magnificent Seven Given Jobs Boost by Hand Picked Academy

Tuesday, 25 October 2016 Seven new candidates have graduated from the Hand Picked Academy, giving their job prospects a massive boost. The seven, aged between 16 and 23, have either struggled to find a job or are ready to leave school and get straight on to the career...

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Magnificent Seven Given Jobs Boost by Hand Picked Academy

FES Group hosts Hand Picked Academy in search for 36 new apprentices

Sunday, 5 June 2016 Building services company, the FES Group, welcomed 17 students from local schools to take part in the first of two Hand Picked Academy training courses, as it looks to fill 36 apprenticeship places across the company. The teenagers from schools in...

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FES Group hosts Hand Picked Academy in search for 36 new apprentices

Derry Purves & CR Smith

Tuesday, 3 May 2016 A self-confessed techie who struggled to find work after gaining his degree, is now helping oversee a 160-strong fleet of vehicles, thanks to Fife-based company, CR Smith and the jobs programme Hand Picked. Derry Purves gained his Bsc (Hons)...

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Derry Purves & CR Smith

Ellen gets on the career ladder with Furniture Plus

Friday, 1 April 2016 Alison Brown, General Manager at Furniture Plus, a company dedicated to providing low cost, quality furniture in the most environmentally-friendly way, had been searching for someone to take on the role as events and marketing officer with no luck...

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Ellen gets on the career ladder with Furniture Plus