Three long-term unemployed men are eager to land permanent jobs with Tayside firm Kilmac.
They have impressed during a placement arranged in a partnership with Discover Opportunities, Dundee city council, Robertson Construction Tayside and Advance. The Lord Provost and David Martin joined the group at a reception held to mark the milestone at Dundee City Chambers.
Kal Handy, Drew Gray and Danny Robb were presented with certificates to signal the end of their initial training on the Robertson Construction Site, Coldside Primary School.
Kilmac director Richard Kilcullen said the Dundee iniative followed hard on the heels of an Employability Group project in Perth.
“The boys have done well so far but if they are successful at the interviews the hard work starts now,” he said.
He noted that with planning approval being granted for a £4.5 million Starbucks UK drive-through and Marston’s restaurant at Wester Gourdie Industrial Estate, they could find themselves joining the Kilmac on-site team.
“We are already in in discussions with Discover Opportunities and Developing the Young Workforce to build on our partnerships and look for opportunities,” said Richard.
“Collaborative partnerships are key to making schemes like this work.
“These partnerships allow us to reach out to young people that may not have had the opportunity otherwise.
“This opportunity has proved life changing for previous participants who have settled down, have their own houses and some are now dads.
“Our aim is to engage with main contractors who share our passion for helping young people into work, local authorities and seek to have employability built into contractual obligations. We all share a responsibility for the next generation.”