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18-25 year olds up for the CHALLENGE!

Renfrewshire’s school leavers, graduates and 18-25 year olds are invited to make a positive difference in the lives of others in third world commonwealth countries whilst adding travel, business fun and employability to their CV’s!


Ghana, Zambia and Uganda are three target destinations for successful applicants to Challenges Worldwide, a Scottish Charity who are launching a bid to fill 50 volunteer places on their ICS Entrepreneur programme in Spring 2015.

Neil Flemming, a local from Paisley who works for Challenges Worldwide has just returned from Uganda where he saw first hand the great work the volunteer programme delivers.

“It’s great to see Scottish young people who have never been to Africa, working alongside a new business and sharing their knowledge with a young entrepreneur form a different continent!” The ICS Entrepreneur programme is fully funded by the government’s Department for International Development and it exists to partner UK volunteers with new business start ups or Small-Medium Sized businesses for a 12 week period.


“The volunteers just apply online to be considered. We have 50 places, but the most amazing thing is that our volunteers return with fantastic stories, life experience and a wider view of the world.”

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Paisley based Anchor Mill Consultancy support National LGBT Youth Awards

Paisley based Anchor Mill Consultancy supported last Weekend’s National LGBT Youth Awards hosted by River City’s “Robbie”, actor Gary Lamont. LGBT Youth Scotland exists for young people who are often sidelined because of their sexuality or perceived sexuality, where they can meet new friends and access confidence building support.

Anchor Mill ConsultancyAnchor Mill Consultancy’s approach to treat all clients, candidates and customers fairly and equally was one of the reasons they chose to be a sponsor, and the only commercial business to support the event.

Roger from Anchor Mill Consultancy highlighted that many school leavers, recent graduates and experienced people in the work place need different types of support during their job search.

“Anchor Mill Consultancy provides one to one coaching on interview skills, C.V. enhancement and other advice from dealing with redundancy to planning a career change”.  Part of their approach is to treat people positively and with a wish to see them fulfil their potential, so it’s fitting that they sponsored such an inclusive event as the LGBT Youth Awards.

For more information about Career Coaching form Anchor Mill Consultancy, e mail

Recruits are Mòd-el pupils during festival challenge

A group of Renfrewshire teenagers are planning a festival of fun – after devising a series of events for young people when Paisley hosts the Mòd later this year.

The youngsters on Renfrewshire’s Recruit programme were tasked with creating a programme of activities for 11-15-year-olds during the event by festival organisers.

The Royal National Mòd – Scotland’s premier celebration of Gaelic language and culture – will come to Paisley for the first time between 11 and 19 October.

The Recruit is a popular council-run youth employment scheme loosely based on TV’s The Apprentice, which sees young people compete through a series of business-related challenges, with jobs on offer for the winners.

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

For the Mòd task, the youngsters on the S5/6 programme were asked to prepare a presentation on their proposals for a fringe programme for young people.

They were also charged with considering budgets and with speaking to local businesses to see if they could secure any deals.

The team judged to be the winners were Team Endeavour, made up of Mateusz Hajdecki, 18; Craig Woods, 17; Rachael Fletcher, 17; Lauren Goldthorp, 16; Shannon Boyle, 18; and Chloe Swordy, 17.

Running the rule over the youngsters’ presentations was Ealasaid MacDonald, Convenor of the Mòd Phàislig 2013 Organising Committee.

She said: “The Royal National Mòd will be a massive event for the town, with thousands of visitors expected over the nine days.

“The aim of the Recruit task was to ask the young people to generate ideas to help keep other young people entertained, which will complement the main Mòd events.

“The committee will now look to implement the best of the ideas. The young people showed a great deal of initiative and enthusiasm, and I was really impressed with the quality of their suggestions.”

The Mòd is being brought to Paisley by An Comunn Gàidhealach. The main competitions will take place in Paisley Town Hall, with fringe events spread throughout the town.

Taking place at the same time is The Spree national arts festival, which returns after a successful debut last year and has been designed to wrap around the Mòd.

This year’s Recruit will culminate with a finale in Paisley Town Hall on Wednesday 14 August, at which the winning Recruits will be revealed.

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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