Renfrewshire’s leading jobs and employability partnership is calling on local businesses to nominate their star staff.

Nominations are now open for the 2020 Renfrewshire Employability Awards, which celebrate the success of people supported through Renfrewshire’s Local Employability Partnership programme.

2018 Renfrewshire Employability Awards winners

The programme is rated the best in Scotland at helping people to find work, supporting 1,500 people a year and involving more than 1,100 Renfrewshire companies.

It is the sixth year of the popular awards, organised on behalf of the partnership by Renfrewshire Council, who deliver jobs and skills support from a central hub at Paisley’s Russell Institute building. Together, the programme provides direct access to vacancies, work experience, training, personal support and finance.

There are nine awards across a range of categories including Top Intern, Most Promising New Employee and Achiever of the Year, while the awards also recognise school pupils and people building their CV as they prepare for the world of work.

Emma Gormley

Previous winners include Ronnie Lockhart, who collected the Progression in Work award after the Ferguslie Park resident turned his life around from 20-years unemployed to qualified gardener working for Linstone Housing Association and Tivoli Landscaping Services.

Emma Gormley was recognised for her excellent CV building skills in her final year at Paisley Grammar School, where she combined her studies with a motor vehicle course, leading to an Arnold Clark apprenticeship. The ever-popular event is also an opportunity to thank local businesses for their contributions which has helped the Renfrewshire economy grow significantly in recent years.

Ronnie Lockhart

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “The Renfrewshire Employability Awards are a fantastic way to celebrate the hard work and dedication of the local workforce and also thank local businesses for investing in their staff and supporting people into employment, which is literally transforming people’s lives.

“If you have trained, supported or employed a Renfrewshire resident who deserves special recognition, then make sure to complete the straightforward online nomination form.

“Our jobs and employability programme is among the biggest and best in Scotland and we have set out plans to help bring 3000 working-age people back into the local workforce as we continue our commitment to help the people most in need into work.”

Deadline for nominations is 13th March 2020, with the awards ceremony taking place at the Normandy Hotel, Renfrew, in May.

For full details of the awards and to make a nomination, visit:


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