College and jam factory spread jobs round Angus

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A NEW employment partnership has proved successful for Angus College and Mackays Ltd., jam and chutney manufacturers, Arbroath.

They are working together to provide job seekers with the training and skills required for employment.

Six individuals have now gained employment, with five of them recruited by Mackays to work in the company’s production area.

Candidates were selected from the Job Centre by the College’s employability team who identified individuals most suited to working at Mackays. They were put through an intensive four-week training programme, with one week at Angus College and three at Mackays.

In the college they worked on employability skills and during this time college employability advisors replicated Mackays’ work environment by requiring that candidates operate within the work hours and even break times which they would have at Mackays.

The group were given hands-on experience at Mackays’ factory where they undertook training on factory procedures and health and safety. Five were offered positions at Mackays with the sixth gaining alternative employment.

This programme has been made possible by funding from Skills Development Scotland which rewards employers for taking on staff through the training scheme.

Mackays managing director Paul Grant said: “We are delighted by the selection and induction process provided by Angus College as part of this partnership. This has been an excellent exercise for Mackays and I would encourage any other local companies to consider undertaking this type of scheme.”