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School leavers take part in Hand Picked Academy to boost chances of FES Apprenticeships

Thursday, 5 April 2018 Thirty-two school leavers took part in two Hand Picked Academies, designed to boost their chances of being selected for one of 30 apprenticeships available at building services company FES Group. Over the three day course, the teenagers from St...

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School leavers take part in Hand Picked Academy to boost chances of FES Apprenticeships

Welcome to our team.

Friday, 2 February 2018 We are delighted to welcome Sara to the Hand Picked team. Sara has a wealth of experience in business and has worked across many sectors including retail, hospitality and manufacturing. She has a Law Degree from Manchester Metropolitan University...

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Welcome to our team.

Gerard Eadie writes a letter to his younger self

Tuesday, 16 January 2018 The executive chairman of CR Smith Ltd, a company he bought as a 22-year-old businessman, lets his younger self - who left school to start a glazing apprenticeship - just what life has in store for him. Dear Ger, At 20, you think that working for...

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Gerard Eadie writes a letter to his younger self

The Hand Picked Academy - January 2018

Friday, 12 January 2018 Our next Hand Picked Academy is taking place Monday 15th - Friday 19th January.  The Hand Picked Academy gives young job seekers (16-24) a real insight into what employers look for in applications, CV's and at interview. Participants undertake...

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The Hand Picked Academy - January 2018

We're recruiting a Project Co-ordinator - Position now filled

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 - Position now filled

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.