Another year of success at Taylor Wimpey

Another year of success at Taylor Wimpey

Monday, 23 September 2019

Taylor Wimpey East Scotland has continued its industry leading association with Hand Picked from CR Smith, the private sector employability initiative, with the completion of another Hand Picked Academy.

Nineteen young people aged 16-24 years old from Dunfermline and Edinburgh attended the most recent Taylor Wimpey Hand Picked academy, with 14 of the young people going on to secure work.

Five of the candidates secured trade apprenticeships with the firm itself, two secured apprenticeships with other companies following the course and seven of the candidates moved into full-time jobs in other occupations and industries. Three of the candidates were successful in securing places on construction related courses at college and the remaining two candidates are continuing to be supported by the Hand Picked team to move into employment.

Set up by CR Smith as a charitable venture, the Hand Picked initiative employs two permanent members of staff who work with employers and young people across Fife and the central belt.   Taylor Wimpey East Scotland has been one of Hand Picked’s longest supporters.

Martyn Campbell, Production Director for Taylor Wimpey East Scotland said:

“Hand Picked offers a very practical and effective way to get young people into work and we are really happy with the results that we’ve seen over the years.

“The Academy provides young people with genuine experience of the workplace, it shows them what is expected of them in a job and gives them the opportunity to try out different skills in order to see what appeals to them. It also gives us a chance to see the young people in different situations, allowing us to make a more informed decision on who to employ and in what trade.

“We are delighted to have been able to offer five of the candidates’ apprenticeships this year but more so, we are delighted that so many of the young people that attended have used the skills learned to successfully secure employment elsewhere”.

With joinery apprenticeships in high demand, three of the candidates were elated to be offered a four year apprenticeship on completion of the Academy.

One of the success stories is sixteen year old Brodie Hutton from Cowdenbeath who has just started his apprenticeship and said that he “felt amazing” when he received the offer. 

Brodie’s apprenticeship will consist of a rota of two weeks at college followed by two weeks working on site.

Brodie said:

 “I had my mind set on becoming a joiner and first became interested when I was in high school when I started doing practical woodwork as a subject. 

“I found the Taylor Wimpey Hand Picked Academy really helpful. It has given me a job which is brilliant, but I also learned a lot of things that helped me to get the job, like how to write a CV and present yourself at interview so you stand out and get noticed.”

Hand Picked, which was set up by CR Smith boss, Gerard Eadie CBE, is the only employability programme of its kind run by private businesses. It works with employers who recognise that they have a responsibility in helping shape the future workforce. Approached entirely from the employer’s perspective, it teaches a young person about the jobs and skills required by businesses and how they should market themselves to prospective employers. What makes the course stand out is that it provides the candidates with honest, robust feedback while giving them new insights and experiences of what it means to get and more importantly keep a job.

Pauline McGeevor, Hand Picked Project Manager commented:

“Our Academies are entirely focused on supporting young people into jobs and we are always looking to work with like-minded employers, such as Taylor Wimpey East Scotland, to provide a positive start to the working lives of young people in the local community.

“It is always satisfying to hear of the success of young people like Brodie and we wish him well for his apprenticeship and his future career with the firm”.