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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

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

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