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Employability awards recognise outstanding talent

The 2017 Renfrewshire Employability Awards have celebrated the successes and people making a difference to local businesses.

Employees, entrepreneurs and interns were just some of the top talent recognised at the award ceremony on Wednesday (6 September 2017) hosted by television and radio presenter Bryan Burnett at Paisley Town Hall.

Renfrewshire businesses nominated local people who have been supported through the Employability in Renfrewshire Partnership programmes.

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And after a nail-biting wait, nine winners were announced from the impressive list of finalists.

The award winners are:

  • Most Promising New Employee: Jamie Drysdale, Power 1 Electrical Contractors Ltd
  • Most Promising New Entrepreneur: Euan McIntosh, Starkstrom (Scotland) Ltd
  • Top Intern: Debbie Campbell, I Am Me Scotland
  • Best Trainee: Homam Sharif, Renfrewshire Council
  • CV Builder (Youth): Morgan Spence, Johnstone High School
  • CV Builder (Adult): Laura Connor, Engage Renfrewshire
  • Apprentice of the Year: Andrew McClorey, Renfrewshire Council
  • Progression in Work: Laura Currie, Consilium Contracting Ltd
  • Achiever of the Year: Barbara Brown

More than 1,000 local businesses have signed up to support the Invest in Renfrewshire programme which support 1400 people each year, providing direct access to vacancies, work experience, training, personal support and finance.

The programme is now based at the recently refurbished Russell Institute building on Causeyside Street, which is also home to Skills Development Scotland.

The night concluded with three Special Recognition awards for local businesses who have shown outstanding support over the last year, enthusiastically helping people prepare for work, enter work and progress in work.

These awards went to Papamacs Gourmet Kitchen in Johnstone; Gormac Coachworks in Renfrew and Carli’s Kindergarten in Erskine.

Councillor Jim Paterson, Depute Leader of Renfrewshire Council said: “Congratulations to all the winners and to everyone shortlisted for these awards which celebrate success and recognise the talent, enterprise and commitment of Renfrewshire’s people.

“The collective cooperation and commitment of our partners in the business community, education and employability sectors is key to our continued economic success.

“Together, we have taken Renfrewshire’s youth employment from 27th in Scotland to being fourth best. Our job totals are at pre-recession levels; regeneration is gathering pace; unemployment is falling; businesses are growing; and we are developing a reputation as a place of enterprise, creativity and drive.

“Paisley’s bid to become UK City of Culture 2021 is already changing how we are seen and how others see us. The Glasgow City Region City Deal’s £274m investment in Renfrewshire will put us right at the heart of a powerhouse regional economy. We will seize this momentum by continuing to support business growth and create jobs. We will work tirelessly to help people find work and succeed in a modern economy.”

Sandra Black, Renfrewshire Council Chief Executive said: “I too want to congratulate all our finalists and partners who have shown what is possible and inspire our continued success.

“These awards celebrate the enterprise, talent and commitment to excellence that characterise Renfrewshire’s businesses and their employees. From the winners and everyone shortlisted we can see that these qualities are having an immense and positive effect on our people and our future.

“Renfrewshire has always had a strong, creative, hardworking and entrepreneurial culture. We also have a strong sense of community and fairness. Through local partnership working, we have made great strides in developing our economy, tackling poverty, regenerating our towns and empowering our communities.”

Find out more about employability programmes in Renfrewshire at: www.investinrenfrewshire.com

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Keep Safe Initiative

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Keep Safe Initiative.

Police Scotland and community group I Am Me are working together to set up a Keep Safe Initiative. The Keep Safe initiative is the first of its kind in Scotland and aims to encourage disabled people to live an ordinary life and to raise awareness of, and increase reports of disability hate crime. The Keep Safe initiative will work with a network of local shops, businesses etc to create safe places for disabled people to go if they are lost, scared or if they are the victim of crime.

Keep Safe places can be easily recognised with an I Am Me / Keep Safe window sticker. Staff within premises will assist in any way they can and will be encouraged to report any crimes or incidents to the police.

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Keep Safe launched on 23rd August 2013 and was piloted in Paisley town centre. Early feedback from everyone involved indicates that the initiative is making a positive difference in Keeping People Safe.

Due to its initial success Police Scotland are now rolling Keep Safe out to all of Renfrewshire and would like to invite you and staff members along to a free training event on either;

Tuesday 21st January 2014 – 7.00pm or
Tuesday 28th January 2014 – 6.30pm

at the Wynd Centre, School Wynd, Paisley, PA1 2DB.

The event will last around 1hr 15mins and will include the opportunity to see the hard hitting drama production ‘I Am Me’, performed by PACE Theatre Company. This production highlights what disability hate crime is and the effects that incidents have on individuals and communities. The performance will be followed by a short talk from Police Scotland with information on how your business can participate in the Keep Safe initiative.

All Keep Safe premises will be advertised on a variety of websites and literature distributed across Renfrewshire. Spaces are limited and we would be delighted if you could join us.

To book your place, please contact Ewan Smith (details below). To secure your place we would advise booking early. Refreshments will be provided.

If you require any further information please don\’t hesitate to get in touch with PC Ewan Smith at ewan.smith@scotland.pnn.police.uk or 0141 532 6029.