Lights, camera, action for Recruits in fire film challenge.

A group of young people on a popular youth employment programme turned moviemakers for a day to shoot their own superhero-themed fire safety film.

The lights, camera, action took place as part of the council-run Recruit programme for jobseekers, and saw participants devise, script, act and produce their own mini-movie.

The Recruit is loosely modelled on telly favourite The Apprentice and sees 16-24-year-olds take part in a series of business and practical challenges, with job opportunities on offer for the winners.

Picture 2  the cast and crew of the film

The challenge was set by local training firm Code Red Fire Safety, who visited the Recruits to offer tips on staying safe in the home, and asked them to produce the film.

The 38 Recruits were split into five teams and asked to pitch their ideas, with Team Tenacious chosen as the winners and asked to make their film, assisted by Glasgow production firm Baby Grand.

Their winning idea sees a superhero – Captain Courageous – saving a cat from a tree and an old lady from two muggers, then is caught in a blaze at home caused by leaving his phone charger plugged in – showing even heroes aren’t safe from fire.

Filming took place around Paisley town centre with the completed video to be premiered during the finale of the current Recruit programme, in Paisley Town Hall on March 26.

Recruit Connor McCuaig, 18, from Paisley – who plays the old lady mugging victim in the film – said: “The Recruit is a fantastic programme. It opens doors for you, you do new things and meet new people. It’s also a lot of fun.

James McMahon, director of Code Red Fire Safety, said: “We have been involved with The Recruit for a couple of years now, and it is a pleasure to work with the young people.

“We wanted to set them a task around a fire safety theme which would let them get creative – the video has a serious message but was a lot of fun to make as well.”

Councillor Roy Glen, convener of the council’s Economy and Jobs Policy Board, said: “The Recruit has been in operation in Renfrewshire now for four years and has now seen hundreds of young people develop their skills in a uniquely rewarding and enjoyable experience.

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“Once again, we would like to thank all the local companies who have provided sponsorship and helped run challenges as part of the programme, as their expertise and support is invaluable.”

The current edition of The Recruit has been running since January and includes a mix of unemployed youths and winter school leavers.

Organisations which have helped run challenges on the programme so far include Tennent’s training academy, the Territorial Army, NS Design, Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce, Phoenix Car Company and RBS

The Recruit will be back in June with the summer edition, which will feature S5/6 school pupils from across Renfrewshire.

Courtesy of Renfrewshire Council.

Renfrewshire’s Top Recruits are revealed

A group of young Renfrewshire people were revealed as job winners at a glittering ceremony to mark the conclusion of a popular youth employment programme.

The finale of the summer edition of The Recruit took place at Paisley Town Hall in front of a crowd of invited guests and proud parents.

The Recruit is loosely based on TV favourite The Apprentice and sees young people compete through a series of business-based challenges.

This year’s saw two versions of the programme – one for S5/6 school leavers and one for unemployed young people aged between 18 and 24.

Two young people were crowned as the Top Recruits on the night, with Ryan Barbour (S5/6) and Deanna O’Connor (18-24s) walking away with the top awards.

There was also a Recruit’s Choice award, chosen by the young people themselves, which went to Rachael Fletcher and Mark Brown.

In total, 17 young people secured jobs or training opportunities at organisations including Renfrewshire Council, Renfrewshire Leisure, A&B Blinds, Crazy Capers childcare and Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan, who welcomed guests to the ceremony, said: “Helping young people find work is one of our biggest priorities.

“Over the past four years, the Recruit has helped boost the job prospects of almost 200 local young people.

“You only have to listen to the stories of some of those who have passed through it to see the positive effect the programme has had on them.”

Councillor Roy Glen, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Economy and Jobs Policy Board, added: “Once again, the Recruits were a credit to themselves and to the area, and through their hard work they have earned the opportunities presented to them.

“I would like to thank all the companies who helped support the programme by running challenges and offering their expertise, and look forward to working with them again in the future.”

The full list of job winners was as follows: David Paterson and Paige Barr (client support assistants, Renfrewshire Council); Mark Brown and Craig Woods (leisure assistants, Renfrewshire Leisure); Chloe Swordy (modern apprenticeship, Renfrewshire Council); Vanessa Young (administrator, A&B blinds); Calum Breslin (management trainee, Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce); Chelsie McCool (Crazy Capers childcare).

Another six Recruits – Shannon Boyle, Michael Campbell, Mateusz Hadjecki, Andrew Cunningham, Ryan Blair, and Deanna O’Connor, all received public-sector traineeships with Renfrewshire Council.

A further three young people managed to secure employment elsewhere while on the programme: Christopher Baillie, Connor Smith and Connor MacDonald.

Recruits given marketing challenge by centre boss

Renfrewshire’s latest batch of young Recruits are aiming to show they are backing the right horse after being set a business task by the boss of an equestrian centre.

Ian Maxwell, general manager of Ingliston Country Club in Bishopton, visited the young people on the popular youth employment scheme to set them a brief for a marketing challenge.

The Recruit is a Renfrewshire Council-run programme loosely based on telly favourite The Apprentice and sees young people take part in a series of enterprise-related tasks, with jobs on offer for the winners.

Recruits with Ian Maxwell of Ingliston and Sarah McEwan of Renfrewshire Council

This summer sees two programmes – one for S5/6 school leavers, and one for unemployed young people aged between 18 and 24.

The Ingliston challenge sees the Recruits on the 18-24 programme split into teams and each given a small budget to produce a marketing campaign to promote the centre.

The teams will return next week to present their ideas to Iain, who will judge which group is the winner.

Ian said: “I got involved in the Recruit after attending the finale last year as a guest, and was then asked if I would consider mentoring some of the young people who needed help with interviews.

“Young people are looking for experience, and opportunities are only available for the most committed. The Recruit helps give them a flavour of what the business world involves.

“It was a day I really enjoyed. It was great to see their confidence levels – they weren’t put off by having a guy in a suit walk in. It was lovely to see they were eager to listen and to ask questions.”

Councillor Roy Glen, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Economy and Jobs Board, added: “Jobs and employment are two of the big priorities of the council.

“The Recruit, along with our £7m Invest in Renfrewshire programme, is one of the ways in which we are providing practical help for local young people.

“Once again, the Recruits are getting the chance to learn about a variety of different business sectors from people working in that field.

“We are grateful to all the organisations who give up their time to help the young people on this scheme widen their horizons.”

This summer will see the Recruits take part in challenges with a wide range of local partners, including Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce, St Mirren and Cosmopolitan Hotels.

The winning Recruits will find out who has been successful in their job hopes at a special ceremony in Paisley Town Hall on 14 August.

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