TWO new recruits have joined a Kirkcaldy business following their success as part of the ‘Get Ready for Work’ scheme run by a local organisation.
RB Grant Electrical Contractors, based in Mitchelston Industrial Estate, have recently taken on Curtis Edwards as an apprentice electrician and Scott Blackwood as a labourer after the pair completed placements at the firm through the ‘Get Ready for Work’ government funded scheme run by IDTC Ltd.
The organisation, based in Hunter Street, run the scheme in conjunction with Careers Scotland and Skills Development Scotland giving people - both 16-18 year olds and adults - work experience opportunities with employers while providing support with interviews, application forms and updating CVs.
RB Grant Electrical Contractors have been working with IDTC for about a year and a half.
Ronnie Grant said: “We have had quite a few young people in who want to get a start in the industry but are finding it hard.
“It’s not easy for young people to get jobs and one of the first things an employer will ask is have you got experience.
“This scheme helps them show what they are capable of and gives them some experience.
“Some come and last a few weeks and say it’s not for them, which is fine, but it’s giving them the opportunity to find out.”
And although RB Grant obviously cannot take on everyone who spends time working with them under the scheme, many have gone on to apprenticeships and employment with other companies.
Ronnie added: “As an employer it’s quite hard in the normal employment process because all you see is the CV and it’s sometimes difficult to gauge a person by that.
“Working with young people through IDTC gives me the time to see how they work in the firm.
“I think it’s a great scheme - it works for us and for them.
“As a business we might find someone who we think is suitable to join our team, and it helps the young people gain confidence, skills and experience.”
Evelyn Duncan, director at IDTC Ltd, said: “We rely on employers like Ronnie to give people an opportunity to gain skills and experience.
“It gives the young people a chance to get a foot in the door and prove themselves, and it’s also beneficial to the employers.”