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Eight Renfrewshire Recruits Land Jobs With Local Firms

Eight local young people have been told the magic words “you’re hired!” after taking part in Renfrewshire’s version of The Apprentice.

The Recruit is a council-run youth employment project which sees young hopefuls take part in a series of business-based challenges over the summer in order to boost their skills and CV.

At the finale event in Paisley Town Hall Lisa Fraser, 19, was named Top Recruit 2012 and given a one year contract with Renfrewshire Council as a project assistant.

Lisa said:  “I was surprised and delighted to be chosen  as Top Recruit. It’s great that I can look forward to starting a  new job. I’d like to thank everyone who  supported The Recruit programme.  It was a fantastic experience for all of us who took part. It was definitely hard work at times but we enjoyed the different challenges and tasks that we were set.  We developed skills and confidence that we maybe didn’t know we had and that experience will help us in the future. I’d recommend to any young person to take part in The Recruit  – we learned  so much and we made many new friends.”

As well as Lisa, another seven young people were also told by host George Bowie from Clyde One Radio that they’d also been given jobs.

Emma Smart and Jatinder Singh will join Lisa at Renfrewshire Council as client support assistants, while Allan Moore and Shaun Brittain were taken on by Renfrewshire Leisure Ltd as leisure assistants.

Ross Mills will become an admin assistant at Johnstone Car Sales and Alison Fraser will be taken on by Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce as a management trainee. Ryan Doherty will be a quality administrator at Bray Controls UK.

The popular programme has taken place in Renfrewshire since 2010, but this summer saw two editions running simultaneously – one for S5/6 pupils, and another for unemployed 16-19-year-olds.

In addition to the winners, a number of young people who took part will go on to college and university with enhanced skills and business experience.

Several of the Recruits were also awarded for their hard work throughout the programme.

From the S5/S6 group Daniel Carroll was presented with a Special Achievement Awards, as was Taryn McGrath of the 16-19 year olds group.

A Top Team was also named from each group: Team IncEpto of the S5/S6 group (Emma Smart, Daniel Carroll, Lisa Deakin, Courtney Louise Vernal, James Adam and Sarfraz Malik) and Team Zodiac of the 16-19 year olds group (Ryan Doherty, Catriona McKenzie Leigh, Cameron Thomson, Kieran McWhirter).

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “The Recruit has gone from strength to strength with this year seeing the largest number of young people taking part and more gaining employment at the end than in any previous year.

“All the young people chose to give up their own free time to take part in the challenges with enthusiasm and professionalism. The finale was a great celebration of their efforts and I, like everyone else there on the night, was hugely impressed by them all.

“I’d like to congratulate all the winners and in particular Top Recruit Lisa for doing so well and I wish each and every one who took part all the best for the future.

“The council is committed to working with the

local business community to create more opportunities for young people to get into employment and we plan to build on the success of the Recruit with a range of other projects.”