ON The Road To 10 Driving Jobs

TEN Inverclyde residents have the chance to get driving jobs thanks to an innovative programme created by Riverside Inverclyde working with the Malcolm Group. 

Riverside Inverclyde and Inverclyde Council have committed up to £10,000 each to support the development of the scheme which aims to help fund 10 heavy goods vehicle (HGV) licences for candidates who successfully complete an eight-week training schedule with the Malcolm Group.

Ten permanent contracts with the Malcolm Group as trainee drivers will be available for successful Inverclyde residents. The Malcolm Group is one of the UK’s largest providers of construction and logistics services.

Andrew Bowman, head of business investment at urban regeneration company Riverside Inverclyde said: “With the Malcolm Group seeking a pipeline for its next generation workforce, and with a talented pool of young Inverclyde residents seeking long-term employment opportunities, Riverside Inverclyde is delighted to secure agreement and support from local partners. 

"This programme enables Inverclyde to pro-actively develop a route to employment with the successful logistics, construction and maintenance company that employs around 2,000 people across the UK.

"Together with Inverclyde Council, Inverclyde Community Development Trust, and the DYW (Developing The Young Workforce) West organisation, we have developed the opportunity of giving an excellent start to the working lives of young Inverclyde people, with a company at which their careers can grow."

Andrew Malcolm, group chief executive from the Malcolm Group, said: “We are justly proud of our history and close ties with local communities around our base locations. Many colleagues are the third generation from their families and I believe that speaks volumes for our objective of providing long-term partnerships with everyone we deal with. 

"I am delighted we are partnering with Riverside Inverclyde to create opportunities for local people to gain valuable experience. This will involve a significant investment from our traffic teams at our Construction centre in Glasgow and at Loanhead and with their dedication and the enthusiasm of those who get involved I am sure they will become part of our success.”

Kevin Millar, senior employment engagement Worker with Inverclyde Community Development Trust, said: “Inverclyde Community Development Trust welcomes the opportunity to support our colleagues at Inverclyde Council and Riverside Inverclyde in delivering this innovative sector-led training initiative. The partnership will present a comprehensive HGV driver training programme leading to full-time permanent employment within Malcolm’s construction and logistics divisions for selected candidates. 

"The trust will act as the single point of contact for applicants and will oversee the recruitment and selection process agreed with the Malcolm Group in identifying candidates for this much-valued pilot programme.”

Bob Davidson, programme director, DYW West said: “Developing the Young Workforce West is delighted to be working in partnership with Inverclyde Council, Riverside Inverclyde and the Trust, on this innovative programme with The Malcolm Group. 

"This programme will not only provide fantastic opportunities for Inverclyde residents and aspiring young adults, but also provide part of a solution to the driver shortage within the logistics industry.”

For further information and details on the roles and how to apply, applicants are invited to download a course descriptor/job spec and application pack from the trust website at www.the-trust.org.uk. The closing date for applications is Friday 7 April 2017.

| Riverside Inverclyde

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