Riverside Inverclyde hosts Recruit programme


Above – The 2017 Recruit candidates at Custom House in Greenock 

Riverside Inverclyde joined forces with The Recruit on the 9 August to welcome the 24 candidates from the 2017 programme. The day was hosted at the newly renovated Custom House, giving the Recruits the opportunity to view the renovations up close.

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 culminates with a celebratory dinner on 18 August which recognises the dedication shown from all of the participants throughout the summer with an opportunity for those involved to be awarded contracts with some of the employers involved in the challenges.

As part of the programme, ri will be offering one of the candidates the opportunity of a modern apprenticeship with the business, offering an initial 12 month role that will include experience in regeneration, business investment, portfolio management and administrative skills.  

Inspired by the visit to Custom House, the Recruits’ task was simple – to deliver a vision for the future of Riverside Inverclyde from 2018 to 2023.

The day started with the ri team providing an overview of the business, focusing on previous and existing projects to help the Recruit’s understanding before being split into three teams. Each team was given a different element to consider including sector focus, finance, marketing and strategy for ri over the next five years. The teams were given three hours to complete the challenge and supporting documents to help research their ideas.


Above – Team Regenerate work together on their proposals

The Recruits were then tasked with pulling all of their ideas together and preparing a presentation to their peers and the ri team. Each group delivered presentations professionally and then answered a series of questions relating to their proposals.

Team ideas that were put forward included:

  • A food court at East India and Victoria Harbours to attract major chains to Inverclyde
  • Arcade, function space, bar, restaurant, retail and housing at the Sugar Sheds
  • The creation of a statue of James Watt at James Watt Dock
  • Creation of an app to cover Inverclyde for food, parking & community updates
  • Building of 20,000 sq ft office spaces at Cartsburn creating 600 jobs
  • The creation of a restaurant inside the Garvel Crane at James Watt Dock
  • Creation of a 30,000 sq ft food processing site at Kelburn creating 75 jobs
  • Expansion of ri into new sectors including retail and leisure


Above – Team PDGP feedback their ideas to the group

Fiona Maguire, Chief Executive of ri said:

“We had a fantastic day with The Recruit which highlighted the rich talent that is coming through the Inverclyde curriculum. Some fantastic ideas were generated through this challenge and it was really interesting to continue our dialogue with young people and to hear their thoughts on Inverclyde. They are Inverclyde’s future so if we listen now and get it right, the redevelopment of Inverclyde will meet the needs of our future community and encourage them to live, work and socialise here in Inverclyde. We look forward to welcoming one of the recruit’s to ri as a modern apprentice and wish all of the candidates every success in their future paths.”  

The Recruit would like to thank Riverside Inverclyde for facilitating the challenge day and for their financial support towards the programme.