McDermott Group wins Action for Children Employability Award

McDermott Group’s Louise Henry collects the award from Carol Iddon, managing director of children services at Action for Children and Craig Millar, Scotland director at MKM Building Supplies

Building contractor McDermott Group has been named Best Newcomer at the inaugural Action for Children Scotland’s Employability Awards.

Action for Children is a national charity that works with children and young adults from disadvantaged backgrounds throughout the country.

The Awards celebrate the success of young people as well as the companies and partners who continue to support them through Action for Children Scotland’s Employability services.

As part of McDermott Group’s partnership with Action for Children Scotland, the company employed 10 young trainees from Glasgow and Inverclyde who had been placed with them by the charity earlier this year. The young people are now undertaking an 18 month traineeship with McDermott Group, paid at the living wage, and have been learning transferable skills while training as domestic energy assessors.

By learning on the job, they are being given the opportunity to earn a wage while also working towards an industry recognised qualification. Upon successful completion of the work placement and professional qualification, each of the trainees will be offered a permanent position with McDermott Group. All of the young people have been developing well in their work placements and one of the trainees, Kenny Shand, has impressed the company so much with his ability that he was recently offered funding to attend the City & Guilds Domestic Energy Assessor course eight months early.

McDermott Group trainees from Glasgow and Inverclyde at the start of their 18 month work placement

In partnership with Action for Children Scotland, McDermott Group is also supporting a literacy course for trainees who have left school with little or no qualifications. Part funded by WEA Scotland, the course teaches young people basic skills in reading and writing so that they are able to thrive in their traineeship and have a better chance of passing their professional qualification.

Speaking of McDermott Group’s award, Action for Children Employability Award judges commented: “This new employer has been offering opportunities to our young people over the last year. Their growth along with the Action for Children partnership has allowed the organisation to extend opportunities to young people on our Inverclyde and Glasgow programmes.

“The team offer further in-house training and development, and supported some young people with literacy issues, benefiting their future developments. McDermott Group was nominated for this award by the staff at our Youthbuild service for their passion and commitment to improving the lives of young people supported by Action for Children.”

Darren McDermott, managing director of McDermott Group, said: “All of us at McDermott Group are honoured to receive this award and are proud to support Action for Children Scotland’s work to transform the lives of children and young adults through training and employment opportunities. Some individuals may not have had the best start in life and require help getting into the workplace.

“Therefore we feel it is important that businesses like us get involved so more young people have the chance to change their future. It is wonderful to see how far those young people who are working with us as part of our partnership have come and we will continue to support them on their journey.”

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