26 March 2014
New Award highlights employers supporting young people into
Burn Stewart Distillers has been named Scotland's top employer
for taking on young people.
The Youth Employer of the Month Award was launched by Skills
Development Scotland (SDS) today (Wednesday 26 March) to recognise
the efforts businesses across the country are making to support
young people into work.
Burn Stewart's bottling plant in East Kilbride has recently
taken on five Modern Apprentices (MAs) from the successful Tasty
The pilot programme, developed in partnership with SDS and South
Lanarkshire College, gives young people the opportunity to
experience working in the food and drink industry.
Burn Stewart has hired five of the young people who completed
the programme, who are now undertaking an MA in Food Manufacturing
Excellence with the company.
In the coming year, the Youth Employer of the Month Award will
recognise a wide range of businesses, large and small from across
Scotland, for their particular contribution to supporting young
people in to work.
HR Manager at Burn Stewart Distillers, Bill Portfield, said:
"Burn Stewart is delighted to have won this award - the best aspect
of this project is seeing our young people develop, build self
confidence and gain the ability to communicate and engage with
staff at all levels.
"I am sure all the employees involved will benefit from having
the opportunity to set the foundations which will allow young
people to build a career in any workplace or industry they may
choose to join in the future."
SDS's Strategic Relations Manager for Food and Drink, Gerry
McBride, added: "Burn Stewart has shown a willingness to become a
champion for young people and is a fantastic example for other
employers in all industry sectors.
"They also recognised they face the challenge of an aging
workforce and saw the value of giving young people this
Chairman of SDS, John McClelland CBE, added: "Over the past few
years we have made real progress in boosting youth employment
figures in Scotland and the Youth Employer of the Month Award is
our way of thanking employers for supporting these efforts.
"Every business is different, and it's not necessarily about the
quantity of young people they have given an opportunity to - it's
about the quality of that company's particular contribution to
helping young people onto the job ladder."
For more information and support for employers visit www.ourskillsforce.co.uk.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Carole Murphy, External Communications
0141 285 6253 or firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTE TO EDITORS:
To find out more about the Youth Employer of the Month campaign
and the first winner Burn Stewart Disitllers go to www.ourskillsforce.co.uk