Job-seeking Recruits reach for the skies

A group of young jobseekers are hoping their careers will soon take flight after they were given clearance for take-off from a senior airport boss.

The latest batch of hopefuls in Renfrewshire Council’s highly-regarded Recruit programme packed their bags for Glasgow Airport, where they were given a glimpse into the world of high-flying.

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The Recruit is a youth employment programme loosely based on telly favourite The Apprentice, where entrants take part in a series of challenges, with a job on offer at the end for the overall winner.

This version of The Recruit is for people aged between 18 and 24 who have found themselves out of work and are looking to improve their CVs to get back in.

Also running is a programme for unemployed 16 and 17 year-olds. Both programmes started in January and will conclude with a grand finale in March, where the overall winners will be revealed.

Craig Martin, head of human resources for Glasgow Airport, gave the 18-to-24-year-old Recruits a presentation showing how staff there hit the heights of customer service.

He said: “We focussed on customer service skills, as we have had a major focus on that in the airport, and wanted to share our experiences with them.

“Customer service skills will be important in any job. I was impressed by the group – they are all volunteers who are trying to improve their situations.

“The Recruit is a fantastic programme and it is great they have an involvement with so many local employers.”

Councillor Roy Glen, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Economy and Jobs Policy Board, said: “Tackling youth unemployment is one of the key priorities of this council.

“The Recruit is an innovative and fun programme which has been a fixture in the council calendar for a number of years now.

“During this time, it has provided a direct route into work for many local young people, while equipping plenty more with the skills to do so.

“As always, we are grateful to the individuals and organisations such BAA who give up their time to help run challenges. Their help and input is hugely valued.”

The Recruit is run by Renfrewshire Council’s Youth Employability Services.

Since January, the fifteen young people in the 18-to-24-year-old programme have enjoyed a variety of business-related tasks, helped by organisations such as St Mirren and Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce.

They have also been given training relating to CVs and interviews, and taken part in a challenge to create their own team logos.

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Inchinnan Business get together a success…

Renfrewshire Chamber recently held an event for Inchinnan based businesses at the European HQ of life science company, Life Technologies.

The event gave companies based in the Inchinnan business park, the opportunity to meet each other, make connections, and learn more about their local chamber and Life Technologies. The group also discussed ways of working together and how to make life for businesses in Inchinnan better including:

renfrewshire chamberSharing catering & gym use
Improving transport links
Improving security
Improving roads / landscaping

Life Technologies were the winners of the 2012 ROCCO Award for Excellence in Manufacturing – and a site tour was provided by Operations Director and Site Leader, Jim Carswell – a Paisley man himself. All attendees were very impressed by the high standard of operation and the warm reception from Jim and the team.

Commenting on the event chamber chief exec’ said “… this was a great 1st meeting. Everyone that said they would attend did – so they understand the value of learning from others and working together. There was a real desire to engage with each other and share ideas and best practice.”

The next event will be in May 2013 (exact date tbc) at Rolls Royce. Any business in Inchinnan Business Park can attend – you don’t need to be a Chamber member. Companies interested should contact

Bob Davidson chief exec’ at Renfrewshire chamber on

In pic – attendees after the tour at Life Technologies

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Warning over public entertainment licence switch

Renfrewshire licensing chiefs are warning anyone planning an event locally not to be caught out by upcoming changes to the rules governing public entertainment.

Anyone planning to run a live performance or a fireworks display, among other things, will require a public entertainment licence as of this summer.

The rule-changes are set to come into force on 3 June of this year – meaning anyone organising events for the summer should think ahead now to make sure they get the licence they need.

Renfrewshire_Council_ezg_1Current examples of events which need a public entertainment licence include outdoor concerts, circuses, fairgrounds or large fetes, other than those run and hosted by schools, churches or voluntary groups.

As of June, licences will also be needed for video machine arcades, concert halls, fireworks displays, live performances, musical shows, paintball games, bungee jumping and motor shows.

Councillor John Hood, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Regulatory Functions Board, said: “We want organisers to be aware of these changes now so they can make sure all the paperwork is in place for any events they hold in the summer and beyond.

“We are keen to avoid a situation where we have to take action to stop events from happening because those running it weren’t aware the rules had changed and hadn’t got the proper licence.

“Organisers should bear in mind any application for a public entertainment licence will have to go through a four-week-minimum statutory notice period during which the public can make objections.

“Depending on the circumstances, the period for finalising an application could be significantly longer than four weeks – which is why we would encourage potential applicants to find out what they have to do ahead of any summer events.

“The council’s licensing staff can offer advice on what the rule-changes mean. They be reached by calling 0141 842 4499 or by emailing”


National Theatre Connections 2013 – “The Guffin”

“Four young people hanging out in a derelict house find a strange object; it’s the Guffin. Touch it and your life is changed forever.”

PACE is proud to announce that this year we shall be making our debut performance for Howard Brenton’s new play ‘The Guffin’ as part of the National Theatre’s ‘Connections’ festival.

GuffinPoster1Connections is a national festival of new writing and young theatre making, organised by the National Theatre and performed by youth theatre groups across the UK, with professional support from the NT and its Partner Theatres.

Connections aims to inspire 13-19 year olds with high-quality new playwriting, give companies the knowledge, skills and confidence to bring the plays to life, involve a wide range of young companies, giving additional support where needed, and encourage young people to get involved in all aspects of theatre making.

‘The Guffin’ will be performed at The Wynd Centre in Paisley, March 6 & 7 2013 at 7.30pm. This will be followed by a performance at our Partner Theatre (The Lyceum, Edinburgh) in June 2013.
Tickets are now available from the PACE Box Office on  0845 130 5218 £5/£3.
In the meantime, if you would like to find out more, check out the NT Connections website

Award winning black comedy SLICK to play Paisley Arts Centre.

Using remarkable sleight of hand and ‘human puppets’, multi award winning SLICK is a hilarious, dark and dirty exploration of greed, corruption and loss of innocence. The story is told through the eyes of Malcolm Biggar, a nine year old with a passion for his skateboard, a harrowing fear of his lunatic neighbours and a growing realisation that perhaps his parents don’t always have his best interests at heart. 

SlickImage2013Malcolm’s sole aim in life is to convince his neglectful parents to buy him a helmet for skateboarding. But one day that all changes when crude oil begins pumping out of the Biggar family bathroom. Elation soon turns to desperation as they attempt to keep their new found wealth a secret from their depraved landlord and outrageous next door neighbours; ultimately leading to an explosive showdown that little Malcolm gets caught in the middle of.

Winner of a Scotsman Fringe First (2008) and a Critic’s Award for Theatre in Scotland (2008/2009), Vox Motus’ SLICK combines absurd comedy, visual storytelling, puppetry, object theatre and physical performance to create a unique ensemble show with comic-strip visuals.

SLICK will be at Paisley Arts Centre on Tuesday 5 March at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10 (£6 conc) and can be booked by calling our Box Office on  0141 887 1010 or visiting . Suitable for ages 14+

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Newmains PS crowned Fairtrade champions

Pupils at a Renfrew primary school are going bananas after being crowned the area’s top Fairtrade school.

Newmains Primary was presented with the McDowell Trophy for 2012 – awarded to the school which has done most to promote Fairtrade in their community.

John McDowell and Councillor MacmillanThe trophy was handed over by former Renfrewshire Provost John McDowell, who was heavily involved with the promotion of Fairtrade during his time as a councillor.

He was joined by Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan, who chairs the Renfrewshire Fairtrade Steering group.

They spoke with some of the pupils about their work, and saw the displays which have been put up around the building.

Fairtrade products are those which ensure producers in the developing world get a fair price for their goods, such as fruit, coffee and rice.

Councillor Macmillan said: “I would like to congratulate all at Newmains Primary, who were very worthy winners of this accolade.

“There is a lot of work going on around Renfrewshire to help promote Fairtrade products and show the difference it can make to the lives of people on the other side of the planet.

“There will be a variety of local events for this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight event, which will run from 25 February to 11 March.”

This is the second year of the trophy, which was won by Clippens Primary in Linwood in 2011.

John McDowell said: “The trophy is there to encourage primary pupils to learn what Fairtrade is all about and I am very pleased they have worked so hard to achieve it.

“I hope the trophy goes on for many years to come. The Fairtrade movement really helps the most deprived people in the world and does a tremendous job.”

Newmains PS head teacher Carol Cooke added: “Everyone at the school is very keen to promote the Fairtrade movement whenever possible.

“Newmains has held many events to help promote Fairtrade over the years, including barbecues, football matches, coffee morning and tuck shops.

“I am very proud of the children and staff for the hard work they have put into promoting this very important cause in so many different ways.”

For more information on Fairtrade Fortnight, visit

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A New Year, a New Start….offer extended
Renfrewshire Chamber is offering local businesses a great start to 2013 with 25% off membership – now extended to the end of February. The Paisley based Chamber is almost 600 members in size and has won several awards in the last year including:

  • renfrewshire chamberInvestors in People Silver
  • UK Chamber of the Year Runner up 2012 ( & 2011)
  • Renfrewshire Council Quality Awards finalist 2012


Commenting on the opportunity, Chamber chief executive Bob Davidson said “our new member  offer is always very popular, allowing businesses of all sizes and sectors the chance to join the areas main business organisation and save money”.


The Chamber provides companies with access to a wide range of products & services designed to help them grow & prosper, including:

  • Networking events – lunches, forums, business breakfasts & seminars
  • Marketing channels – magazine, eNews, app, website & social media
  • Chamber HR & Legal, Health, Finance and Merchant Services
  • The ROCCOs – annual business awards
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Export Documentation
  • Business Mentoring
  • Graduate Recruitment Incentive


New members also get to attend their 1st networking lunch for free. To take advantage of this offer please visit or call Bob Grant, Membership Manager on  0141 847 5455


Graduate Career Zone & Recruitment Workshop – Paisley

Renfrewshire Chamber, who deliver the Graduate Recruitment Incentive, (a wage subsidy of £3k to companies that recruit a recent graduate into a new position) is holding a free Graduate Career Zone Workshop to bring graduates and potential employers together. Graduates will be able to access the latest thinking in how to secure that ideal job, including:

·         How to prepare your CV & cover letter to make you stand out from the crowd.

·         How to prepare for different formats of interview, e.g. competency based interview techniques.

·         How to network and find positions that aren’t advertised.

graduateSMEs will discover how to find the best young talent for their organisation and: 

·         Register for free access to our unique online recruitment support program.

·         How and where to advertise to attract the best graduate candidates.

·         How to prepare a job spec.

·         How to sift & match CV’s.

·         How to structure your interview questions.

Following the workshops there will be the opportunity to network between local companies and potential candidates in an informal setting. A light buffet & refreshments will be provided.

Graduates and employers from all over Scotland are welcome.

The event will be held at UWS Paisley Campus, P Block on Thursday 28th February 5PM-7PM (parking available via Lady Lane entrance)

To register your free place please email Bob Grant, Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce on or tel. 0141 847 5455


Glasgow Airport helps football club get amongst the goals

A football club set to launch academy classes for young people has netted eight new sets of goals from the Glasgow Airport FlightPath Fund.

Drumchapel United provides grassroots coaching for children and allows them to play Scotland’s national game in a safe and organised environment.

The club hopes one of its current crop of youngsters will follow in the footsteps of former Scotland internationals Danny McGrain and John Wark, both of whom hailed from Drumchapel.

A donation of almost £3,000 from the Glasgow Airport FlightPath Fund will allow the club to launch its ‘Drumchapel United – Coaching in the Community’ project, which is specifically for those who do not play in any of the club’s competitive teams.

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It will run for eight weeks and the club is confident it will become an annual event, reaching an increasingly wider audience every year.

The new equipment will be used in matches and practice sessions during the project, benefitting hundreds of children every week, but they will also be an important resource for the club going forward.

One of the reasons Drumchapel United has been a success is the efforts of coach David Smith who, at the age of 28, picked up the sportscotland Young Person Coach of the Year Award, following a nomination from one of the parents.

Among David’s finest achievements is raising £12,000 to take his team, Drumchapel United 2001s, on a trip to Denmark earlier this year. While the trip primarily involved coaching and training, time was put aside for sightseeing visits, following which the youngsters were tested on what they had learned about a different culture.

Drumchapel United focuses on education and personal development in addition to just football training, and this rounded approach impressed the FlightPath Fund Board as education is one of three areas where funding is primarily targeted.

Craig Martin, Glasgow Airport’s Head of HR, said: “Drumchapel United is the kind of football club we need in every community. It is always looking forward and finding new ways to get young people involved in the game. Coaching in the Community project is an ambitious idea but it will benefit hundreds of local children and we are delighted to assist in getting it off the ground.”

Drumchapel United’s David Smith added: “Our committee and team of coaches are dedicated to youth football and the development of the game at grassroots level, with many individuals giving up their spare time on a weekly basis.

“Dedication only goes so far though, and in order to move forward with innovative projects like Coaching in the Community we need to invest in new equipment. These goals will make a huge difference and we are delighted Glasgow Airport has agreed to fund them.”

For more information please visit


Facebay Fundraising donate to the PDSA in Glasgow

Irene and Ian McDonald from Facebay Fundraising donate £826.40 and pet items to the PDSA in Glasgow.

This was a FANTASTIC DAY. The staff were very grateful for the donations and we were shown around the PDSA pet hospital and had the opportunity to see the vets at work and how the donations will be used.

facebayThe cash was raised by people donating their unwanted items via .

Facebay fundraising has been operating since April 2012 and currently supports five charities via their site which are: MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT, Alzheimer Scotland, R.A.H CHILDREN’S WARD, PDSA and (MND) Motor Neurone Disease.

Facebay Fundraising has raised over £5000 to date, £3000 of which has been given to Macmillan cancer support.

How the group works: People donate their unwanted items to the site and they choose which charity they want the money raised from sale of their items to go to.

There are ‘Just Giving’ links on the site for each charity if people want to use this method of payment.

The site is doing really well and we are looking to add a few more charities to the site.

Everyone is welcome to join the site using the link above, if you are having a clear-out don’t throw unwanted items out, PLEASE give to Facebay Fundraising and help charity. Anything someone else can use is appreciated on the site, clothes, household items, toys etc.

Thank you to everyone who donated unwanted items.

Also a big thank-you to our admins Genevieve Watt and Anne Clark, also to Teresa Martin and her son Peter who collect and deliver items.


Facebay fundraising is run by Irene McDonald and Ian McDonald.

The group was set up in April of 2012 to help people who are struggling to buy household items, while at the same time helping charities.

So far we have raised over £5000 in total by selling items donated to the group.

We have also taken part in sponsored walks and cycle rides.