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Hand Picked Academy at CR Smith - May 2019

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

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Hand Picked for schools pilot a success!

Wednesday, 17 April 2019 As part of the continuing roll-out of Hand Picked from CR Smith, our employability programme for young people, the Hand Picked team recently supported a Developing the Young Workforce initiative at St Andrew’s RC High School in Kirkcaldy. A...

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Hand Picked for schools pilot a success!

Hand Picked support FES apprentice recruitment for fourth year in a row.

Thursday, 4 April 2019 At Hand Picked from CR Smith, we work to get as many young people into employment as possible by helping them understand exactly what employers are looking for. To do this we partner with a variety of companies including building service solutions...

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Hand Picked Bricklayer Builds Solid Future with Taylor Wimpey East Scotland

Tuesday, 5 March 2019 Nineteen-year-old Ricky Spittal from Glenrothes has been given the foundation for a solid future having secured a four year apprenticeship as a bricklayer with Taylor Wimpey.  The teenager is now dividing his time between learning his chosen trade...

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Hand Picked Bricklayer Builds Solid Future with Taylor Wimpey East Scotland

Scott gets a helping hand from Hand Picked

Friday, 1 March 2019 Scott Paterson, 16, left high school knowing he wanted to be a joiner. Now thanks to Hand Picked he is on course to do just that as an apprentice with FIX from CR Smith. On leaving school, Scott did a course at Fife College in construction. He...

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Scott gets a helping hand from Hand Picked

CR Smith creates Hand Picked Hub at Lochgelly High School

Tuesday, 11 December 2018 Dunfermline-based CR Smith has created an employability hub at Lochgelly High School and has begun a programme of activity in partnership with teachers to support all senior phase pupils successfully progress beyond school. It is the latest...

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CR Smith creates Hand Picked Hub at Lochgelly High School

Dunfermline based Cress Co supports Hand Picked 100

Tuesday, 20 November 2018 Joe Wall, owner of ‘The Cress Co’, has been a steadfast supporter of the Hand Picked employment initiative since 2014. This year he has shown his support this year by providing a three month paid job for Sherelle Proctor (21) from Kirkcaldy who...

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Dunfermline based Cress Co supports Hand Picked 100

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

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