Stories

Welcome to the team

Monday, 29 October 2018 Melissa Hynd has joined the Hand Picked team as Project Coordinator for our brand new school's programme.  Melissa graduated from the University of Stirling with a degree in Business Studies and Human Resource Management. She has previous...

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Welcome to the team

A seamless transition from school to the job of her dreams

Monday, 24 September 2018 Eighteen year old Nadia Brandi has made a seamless transition from school to a job with Dunfermline-based home improvement company CR Smith through their Hand Picked employability programme. While she was in her final year at St Columba’s High...

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A seamless transition from school to the job of her dreams

Hand Picked Academy - October 2018

Wednesday, 19 September 2018 We will be running our next week long Hand Picked Academy at CR Smith in October. If you're 16-24yrs old, unemployed and actively seeking work why not apply. You will spend a week learning how to stand out from the crowd the next time you apply for...

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Hand Picked Academy - October 2018

Businesses rally to support the Hand Picked 100 campaign

Tuesday, 28 August 2018 A number of businesses have already stepped up to show their support for the Hand Picked 100 campaign and are helping get young people, aged 16-24, into work. These include FiFab and Marine Harvest.  FiFab’s Bill McGraw firmly believes that if...

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Businesses rally to support the Hand Picked 100 campaign

Transforming Job Prospects

Tuesday, 26 June 2018 What inspired you to create the Hand Picked programme? Having employed thousands of people over many years, I have come across countless young people who leave school or college and are unable to secure a job or even get an interview, however hard...

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Transforming Job Prospects

A helping hand onto a career path

Tuesday, 19 June 2018 CR Smith is proud to run Hand Picked - Scotland’s only employability programme run by private businesses – helping young people gain new skills for employment. For some 16-24 year olds, it can be tricky to find a job, especially if they’re...

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A helping hand onto a career path

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

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