New Recruit Starts at ri


Above - ri's Chief Executive Fiona Maguire and successful Recruit Jennifer Alexander

Following the successful Recruit Challenge Day on 9 August 2017, Riverside Inverclyde is delighted to announce Jennifer Alexander as the successful Recruit candidate to join the company.    

The Recruit is a summer programme delivered by Inverclyde Council's Education team involving young people from Inverclyde schools who are chosen to compete in a number of business challenges with the aim of improving report writing, presentation, communication and team working skills. The programme culminated at the celebratory dinner on 18 August 2017 which recognised the dedication shown from all of the participants throughout the summer.

As a result of the programme, Jennifer will be completing her modern apprenticeship with the company, offering an initial 12 month role that will include experience in regeneration, business investment, portfolio management and administrative skills.  

Six young people in total have secured jobs through Inverclyde Council’s innovative ‘Recruit’ programme which is celebrating its 11th year. Pupils from S5 and S6 years in Inverclyde’s secondary schools have spent their summer holidays taking part in the award-winning personal development programme.

Above - Jennifer Alexander joined ri on 11 September 2017

ri's new modern apprentice, Jennifer Alexander said:

"When I heard that Riverside Inverclyde were offering a position, I was interested to find out more about the company and in doing soon realised that it would be a great opportunity. Ri's strategy is aimed at attracting new people and businesses to the area, as well as investing into the local community. This aspect stood out for me the most, as growing up in Inverclyde it has allowed me to see the growth and transformation in the community and development of businesses within Inverclyde.

"The challenge day gave me a better understanding of the company’s vision and a positive insight in what it would be like to work for the company -  this is what made me consider putting my name forward for the position. This opportunity will benefit me massively and I look forward to learning more over the next year."

ri's Chief Executive, Fiona Maguire said:

“We are delighted to welcome Jennifer to Riverside Inverclyde and we were really impressed by her leadership skills, calm manner and her maturity throughout the challenge day. We've had a fantastic experience with The Recruit which just highlighted the rich talent that is coming through the Inverclyde curriculum. It was really interesting to continue our dialogue with young people and to hear their thoughts, ideas and ambitions for Inverclyde.  We wish all of the candidates every success in their future paths be it in employment or education."

Former Recruit and Inverclyde Council’s Young Persons Champion, Councillor Natasha Murphy, said:

“All of the recruits begin the summer with the expectation of one job being available to the top recruit. It is a testimony to the high esteem this programme is held by our partners in the business community that they have, once again, delivered so many opportunities for our young people and another seven new companies engaging in the programme for 2017. The Recruit shows that young people across Inverclyde are motivated, ambitious and ready for work. That should come as no surprise to many when Inverclyde is already one of the top performing local authorities in Scotland when it comes to young people leaving school and moving onto positive destinations.”

The Recruits have received posts paying salaries of up to £15,000 from local firms Riverside Inverclyde, Union Projects, West College Scotland, DYW West and Pursuit Marketing, Glasgow.

The successful candidates were selected based on their overall performance, attitude, potential, personal drive, determination and employability skills throughout the four month programme of challenges and activities with local organisations.

These include: Royal Bank of Scotland, PG Paper, Inverclyde Council; Auchengillan Outdoor Centre, Live n Learn, Former Recruits, Tree of Knowledge, Phoenix Car Company, Clearwater Brookes, Clearview Minds, Elevator, West College Scotland, Concentrix, The Co-Op, The British Army, Babygrand Productions,  Kip Marina / The Chartroom, Watt Nicoll Associates, Spenny productions, Active Schools, Ferguson Marine, Elavator, Robert MacDonald and Co, Discover Fortunes, Lynnie Carson and entrepreneurs Gary McEwan, Alan Black, Donna Bryson, Morgan Spence and Watt Nicoll.

Jennifer added:

“The Recruit was an amazing experience and I am so glad I applied. I now have a wider knowledge of business etiquette; I have met new friends and learned many new skills that I will be able to take with me throughout my future career. I would like to congratulate all of my fellow Recruits for their outstanding efforts and wish them all the best for their future careers."

For eleven years running, the Ardgowan Hospice has been the sole beneficiary of all donations accrued by The Recruit programme.  This year approximately £5,000 has been raised bringing the eleven year total to just over £108,000.

The Recruit has awarded a total of 102 jobs to young people in Inverclyde since the start of the programme in 2007.

The Finale event was kindly sponsored by Riverside Inverclyde, Pursuit Marketing, DYW West, West College Scotland, Union Projects and ICE.

It is hoped that more jobs may be offered in the weeks ahead.

The full list of The Recruit 2016 winners are:

Riverside InverclydeJennifer Alexander

West College Scotland - Brooke Scott

Pursuit Marketing - Rebecca McIntosh and Lee McCartney

DYW West - Emily McCurdy

Union Projects - Sheryl Mitchell

Emily McCurdy was named as the Top Recruit for 2017

Above - The 2017 Recruits