Recruits get the message with branding task

A group of teenagers on a popular council-run employment programme have grand designs on their future careers after receiving a branding masterclass.

The Recruit programme is up and running for another summer, with around 50 young people the latest to benefit from the scheme.

The programme is loosely modelled on TV favourite The Apprentice and sees the young people take part in a series of enterprise and skills-based tasks, with jobs on offer for the winners.

Recruits with Morag Malloy (front)

This summer’s Recruit is split into two groups, one for S5-6 school leavers, and one for unemployed young people aged from 18 to 24.

Those in the school leaver group were given a special session with Morag Malloy, managing director of Paisley-based design agency Fission Creative.

Morag talked them through the importance of branding for businesses, and discussed the role of designers in producing material for print and websites.

She said: “We sponsored an award at the Recruit finale last year and I was really impressed by what I saw and wanted to be involved.

“The young people are being asked to do things they have never done before and given new experiences which will really benefit them.

“It’s a fantastic programme and I am impressed by what it leads to in terms of improving the young people’s job prospects.”

Recruits with Morag Malloy

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

Councillor Roy Glen, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Economy and Jobs Board, said: “The Recruit has been a fixture in the area’s summer calendar for a few years now and has made a huge difference to the lives and careers of scores of local young people.

“Once again, we are grateful to all the companies and organisations who give up their time to help run the challenges with the young people.

“Youth employment is one of the council’s major priorities, which is why we have put £8million into the flagship Invest in Renfrewshire scheme, designed to boost the local economy and help young people into jobs.

“I would encourage any young people looking for employment or training opportunities to visit, or pop into the Invest in Renfrewshire business shop on Lawn Street, Paisley for more information.”

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Recruits seal the deal in car challenge

Renfrewshire young Recruits showed they can strike deals on wheels during their latest challenge – by helping to sell a car!

The teenagers on the popular council-run youth employment programme took to the showroom of the Phoenix car group in Linwood as part of a business task.

There, they were asked to plan and design a programme of marketing material for Hyundai and Honda vehicles at the busy dealership.

Phoenix sales staff also posed as customers to test the Recruits’ selling skills. But while there they had the chance to practice on a real customer, who ended up buying a Hyundai i20.

The Recruit is loosely based on TV favourite The Apprentice, and sees young people compete in a series of challenges, with jobs on offer for the winners.

Currently, there are two programmes running, one for 16 to 17-year-olds and one for unemployed people aged between 18 and 24.

Colin McGeoch, group training manager at Phoenix car group, said: “We had a very enjoyable day and were delighted to have them here. The Recruit is a very worthwhile project.

“The Recruits were welcomed to Phoenix by John McGuire, our managing director, who told them a bit about the company, before they were given a tour.

“We set them a team challenge to suggest ways we could create more footfall to our showrooms, and picked a winning team at the end.

“We asked them to come up with ideas for radio and press adverts and got to see their reaction when our marketing team brought their creations to life.”

As well as the Phoenix car group task, the teenagers on the first programme have visited Steel Engineering, St Mirren and Renfrewshire Leisure, among others, and received training in first aid and interview techniques.

The Phoenix car group have been long-time supporters of The Recruit, and also take part in a challenge every summer with youngsters on Inverclyde Council’s version of the programme.

The winter version of The Recruit will conclude with a finale event at Renfrew’s Glynhill Hotel later in March.

Recruits with James (left) and Mark (right)

Recruits get trained up in blaze of glory

A group of young people from Renfrewshire’s Recruit programme were put on red alert when they took part in a day of fire warden training.

The Recruits – all aged 18 to 24 – are taking part in the latest edition of the popular youth employability scheme – loosely based on telly favourite The Apprentice.

The two-month-long programme sees them take part in vocational training while competing in a series of challenges designed to help them improve their skills.

The fire training was hosted by Paisley-based company Code Red, which helps educate organisations about fire safety and first aid.

The young people were given a presentation on fire safety and took part in some group exercises – including using extinguishers to tackle a real fire!

James McMahon, director of Code Red, said: “We are a local firm so it is an honour and pleasure to be part of The Recruit and to give something back to the community.

“This was the first time we have been involved with The Recruit but we enjoyed the day immensely.

“We talked to them about the importance of fire training and about what the role of a fire warden involves.

“This means the Recruits now have all they need to be fire wardens at any future employer – they know how to use extinguishers and evacuate buildings.”

Recruit Kathryn Ingram, 20, originally from South Africa, but who now lives in Paisley, said: “The Recruit is really fabulous and I would recommend it to anyone.

“It is tough to get a job, as you often find you can apply for things and never hear back.

“But this is a great way to improve your skills and knowledge. Even getting the chance to meet new people is good too.

“I really look forward to it – sometimes the days where we aren’t in seem boring in comparison!”

Currently, there are two editions of The Recruit – one is for 16 and 17-year-old school leavers, and the other for unemployed young people aged from 18 to 25.

Both programmes are set to conclude with a grand finale at Renfrew’s Glynhill Hotel in March, with the winners on the night to receive job offers.

Budding young entrepreneurs taking part in an Apprentice-style competition in Renfrewshire took on a Farmers’ Market challenge this weekend.

Five teams of teenagers ran competing stalls at the Farmers’ Market in County Square on Saturday 10 July.

The team with the highest takings at the end of the day won the challenge, set by Paisley Vision Board.

The 28 young people, all fifth and sixth year pupils from Renfrewshire schools, are all taking part in The Recruit, a project run by Renfrewshire Council in partnership with local businesses and organisations over the summer.

The Recruit aims to give young people practical experience and advice on starting a career in business. The young person named as The Recruit will win an £18,000 a year job.

Renfrewshire Council Leader and Chair of Paisley Vision Board Derek Mackay, said: “The Recruit is designed to give young people real-life experience of working in business. The farmers’ market challenge will see them having to compete with each other and other stallholders to sell their produce and make money.

“Each team has to choose what products they think will sell best at the farmers’ market. They will have to get their early to set up their stall and the team with the highest takings will win.”

To add an extra twist to the challenge the stalls needed to sell Fairtrade products.

Councillor Brian Lawson, chair of the Renfrewshire Fairtrade Steering Group, went along to see how the teams got along.

Cllr Lawson said: “This is a great project and I’m delighted that it is also being used to further promote Fairtrade in Renfrewshire. Not only did customers at the farmers’ market get to opportunity to buy Fairtrade, it was also a chance to spread the Fairtrade message to the young people themselves as they were monitored on how well they promoted Fairtrade generally as well. They all did an excellent job and every stall was practically sold out.”

There will be seven business challenges in total throughout The Recruit as well as presentations and Q&A sessions with some of Scotland’s top entrepreneurs.

Participants will also cover courses in customer care, stress management, presentation skills, assessment centre and interview skills as well as raising funds for charity.

The winners of The Recruit will be those who show the most potential and display the key skills business bosses look for – leadership, communication, innovation, problem solving and determination to succeed.

The winners will be revealed at a black tie finale event on Thursday 19th August.

The Recruit Inverclyde has successfully helped 27 young people go into employment or further education in the last three years.