Hadden delivers Perth and Kinross employability programme

Perthshire-based contractor Hadden Group has completed a twelve-week employability programme to help young people work toward positive destinations, make informed choices and overcome barriers to their personal development.

Hadden delivers Perth and Kinross employability programme

(from left) Back Row: Willy Mahoney (JGM); David Young (PKC); Sandy McCormack (HG); Amanda Cramb (HG); Tommy Dellet (HG); Scott Nicol (PKC)

Front Row: Course participants Arran Bryson, Declan Lamont, Mark Smullen and Charlie Watt

The Route into: Construction programme was designed for the @ScottStreet initiative run by Perth and Kinross Council.

Working alongside council officers and assisted by its supply chain and the @ScottStreet co-ordinators, Hadden Group’s HR manager Amanda Cramb created and ran the programme to give the young people at the @ScottStreet initiative the opportunity to pursue a career in construction regardless of their background.

The twelve-week programme comprised of an introduction into construction; health and safety awareness training; site visits; practical life skills demonstration; a range of employability skills; putting the individuals through their CSCS card and an externally recognised health and safety course.

Amanda Cramb said: “I have watched them grow in confidence from their very first site visit, to now having practical site-based experience and increased knowledge of the construction sector. I am in awe of the dedication, commitment and drive that each and every participant has put into the programme.”

Hadden delivers Perth and Kinross employability programme

(from left) Ryan Lochrane (participant), John Dawson (site manager) and Mark Smullen (participant)

Scott Hadden, Hadden Group chairman, added: “This initiative is proof that anyone from any background can pursue a career in construction if given the opportunity. I am proud that Hadden Group has been the source of that opportunity for the guys at @ScottStreet. We would like to thank our subcontractors who helped us in facilitating this programme, and with special thanks to JGM who delivered a life skills workshop during one of our very first sessions.”

Scott Nicol, business support manager at Perth & Kinross Council, said: “The work that Amanda and her colleagues at Hadden Group have undertaken with this group of young people over the past months has been inspirational. This proves that true social value can be derived from a close working relationship between the council and key suppliers.”

Participant Mark Smullen added: “I have really enjoyed working with Hadden Group on this programme as it has taught me so much about construction. I would recommend the programme to others as I now have a full-time job because of it.”

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