You’re Hired! Renfrewshire names its Recruits

Seven young people from across Renfrewshire were stunned to hear the words ‘You’re hired’ as the winners of The Recruit were named.

The surprise news was revealed at a black-tie finale event hosted by Radio Clyde’s George Bowie to mark the end of the summer-long Apprentice-style scheme.

26 young people, all fifth and sixth year pupils from Renfrewshire schools, have spent the last 12 weeks taking part in The Recruit with the aim of earning an £18,000 job at the end of it.

However at the finale event, in Paisley Town Hall, it was revealed that not one but seven jobs were in fact up for grabs.

The overall Top Recruit, winning an £18,000 a year job with KDS ltd, was named as SarahJane Sarkhosh, from Renfrew.

SarahJane said: “Words cannot describe how I feel. I’m completely overcome with emotion and I’m so optimistic about the year ahead. I want to say well done to everyone. Everybody has done so well and I’ve made such good friends. We’ve watched each other all grow and develop skills we didn’t know we had. I am so proud.”

SarahJane’s new boss Stevie Kidd, managing director of KDS Ltd, said: “I had my own business when I was 17 and I felt that this is about giving something back to the community. I have got a passion for the next generation and do a lot of presentations in schools. A lot of kids don’t have any role models. There is a lack of leadership so I wanted to get involved to see if there are any young people with potential to work with us.

“SarahJane’s is going to be spending time learning every aspect of the company then we are really going to focus on what she wants to do with her life.”

The Recruit was run by Renfrewshire Council in partnership with local businesses and organisations to give young people practical experience and advice on starting a career in business.

Since the beginning of June the young people have worked in five separate teams and taken part in seven business challenges, as well as presentations and Q&A sessions with top entrepreneurs.

They also took part in courses in customer care, stress management, presentation skills, assessment centre and interview skills as well as raising funds for charity.

On the night, held at Paisley Town Hall, individual awards, a Top Team award and the Top Recruit award were presented.

Top Recruit , sponsored by KDS ltd – SarahJane Sarkhosh

Top Team, sponsored by Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce, – Team Stimulus (Katie Wu, SarahJane Sarkhosh, Stephen McDonald, Lindsey Byrne, Finlay Allardice)

As well as the Top Recruit, the following jobs were also announced:

Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce management trainee – Finlay Allardice, Johnstone High School.

Connaught Ltd, Housing Liaison Trainee – Nicole Wilson, Park Mains High School.

KDS ltd, trainee sales and marketing administrator – Lynsey MacKay, Park Mains High School.

Renfrewshire Council, Modern Apprentice Business Administrator – Angela Wilson, Parkmains.

Cosmopolitan Hotels, 2 Trainee Hotelier – Lindsey Byrne, Castlehead High School and Gemma Powell, Park Mains High.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Derek Mackay said: “All of the young people who took part have shown fantastic initiative, commitment and enthusiasm. They have stepped up to every challenge thrown at them and at no point did anyone say there was something they could not do. We’ve seen them all grow in confidence and watched them develop skills some of which they may not have even known that they had. They should all be incredibly proud of themselves, as we are of them. I’ve no doubt that every one of them has a bright future ahead and this is very promising for Renfrewshire as a whole. I hope this year’s Recruit contestants have inspired other young people to take part in this innovative project in future.”

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George Adam is Paisley Candidate!

Councillor George Adam, elected member for Paisley South, was recently selected as the Parliamentary Candidate for the new Paisley Constituency in for next years Scottish Parliamentary election in May 2011. This is the first time that a Paisley-only seat has been contested in the Scottish Parliament, due to recent boundary changes.

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George was elected to Ward 5: Paisley South Ward of Renfrewshire Council in 2007 Council election. George has been involved with the Scottish National Party since he was 18. He was previously a Scottish Parliamentary Candidate for the Paisley North Constituency during the 2003 Scottish Parliament election.
George was born in Elderslie, in June 1969 (41), he is a true Paisley Buddie and is a fanatical supporter of St Mirren FC. George lives in the towns eastend with his wife Stacey. He has two children- James 18 and Jessica 16 – who live with their mother locally. George and his wife Stacey regularly attend St Mirren matches and follow the Scottish Football team when ever they can

George is convenor of Paisley South Local Area Committee on Renfrewshire Council and has been heavily involved, with that committee, in the regeneration of the Park areas in his ward. The Outdoor Gym in Brodie Park is one of many innovations from this and has proved so popular that another was commissioned for Durrokstock Park in Paisley. He has regularly involved himself in fund-raising for local charities and has ran Paisley 10k for Paisley & District MS Society and MND Scotland for 2010.

Councillor George Adam says:

“I am really excited about this campaign and I am extremely proud that I am the first candidate for this new Scottish Parliamentary seat of Paisley. Paisley is my home town and when I discovered what the new boundaries would be, I knew the 2011 Scottish Elections in the town could be a historic event.

Paisley Buddies are fed up with the tired and troublesome Labour MSP’s who have represented them over recent history. Very few actually come from the town and many where just political placements. This has lead many locals to look cynically upon local politicians and I believe things could be different.

We only have to look at the work the Renfrewshire administration has already done in regeneration of the Paisley Town centre. The Arnotts site will be transformed in the coming years, empty shops being actively promoted and vastly improved town centre events that increase the shoppers to our town. But it is a work in progress and we must ensure that this continues. It is important that we cannot rely on the inactive Labour MSP’s of the past that have no ideas and only provide us with soundbites and cliches.

We are living in very difficult economic times and it is important that we have representation from someone who has Paisley’s best interests at heart. I believe I am that person. I want to build further on the foundations laid by the local SNP and make Paisley the town we all want it to be.

I will be the only local candidate in next years election. The only one that can claim the title of a true Paisley Buddie. This alone is a very important distinction between myself and the rest. It is time we take Paisley back for ourselves. Moving away from the fatigued , failing politicians of the past and working together for the betterment of our town.

A number of years ago an employer of mine asked me if there was anything more to George Adam than I’m from Paisley, I support St Mirren and I’m in the SNP. I flippantly added – apart from my wife and children that’s about it. But on reflection I can look at this comment and put it into context for the coming election. My name’s George Adam, I come from Paisley and I want to be the your first Member of the Scottish Parliament!”


Free Christmas parking boost for Paisley motorists


Motorists and businesses in Paisley town centre are set to benefit from
free parking in the run up to Christmas.

The exact details and dates for the scheme are still being finalised.
However, there is agreement from some of the leading public and private
organisations in Paisley that a free parking scheme will operate in the run
up to Christmas.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Derek Mackay, who also chairs the Paisley
Vision Board, said:  “We have been working on this proposal for some time
and are delighted at the support we have received so far to develop a
practical proposal for free parking to help shoppers and businesses during
the Christmas period. The message is Paisley is very much open for business
this Christmas.

“Along with Paisley Vision and Renfrewshire Council, we’re getting the
backing of the Threadneedle, the owners of The Piazza, and also the
University of the West of Scotland.  We are hoping that other private
sector car park operators will participate in the scheme.”

Councillor Mackay believes that the free parking scheme is further evidence
of partnership working “delivering for Paisley.”

“It’s very encouraging that those companies are coming on board and seeing
the practical benefits that a co-ordinated approach in Paisley can bring.

“There’s an increasing sense that positive changes are happening in Paisley
even in a very difficult economic period.  Renfrewshire Council has secured
£1.8m for the town centre and £1.5million in heritage lottery funding for
Paisley this year.  There’s been continuing work to enhance the environment
and improve community safety.  These are real successes for Paisley.

Councillor Marie McGurk, Renfrewshire Council’s Roads Spokesperson, said:
“Making access easier to Paisley town centre for motorists is a top

“The decision to open up to motorists the former bus lanes in St Mirren
Street, part of the High Street and part of Gauze Street has been made

“Renfrewshire Council has also confirmed a £500,000 investment to refurbish
Central Road in Paisley which will benefit motorists and bus passengers.

“As for the imminent free parking scheme, it’s about striking a balance
between increasing access to and availability of parking and not seeing
those free parking spaces ‘clogged up’ by people leaving their cars there
all day.  We’ll monitor how the scheme works over Christmas.”