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Kwik Fit takes action to help socially excluded youths

Kwik Fit | Monday 22nd August 2016 10:53am

Action For Children session

Kwik Fit has formed a new partnership with Action for Children Scotland to create a new training programme to assist disadvantaged young people from Corstorphine in exploring careers in the automotive engineering industry.

Back in June, under the Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) contract, Action for Children Scotland teamed up with Kwik Fit to create the six week training programme designed to assist young people to explore the automotive engineering industry. Trainees will be supported to complete a work placement opportunity and create a CV to capture all the knowledge, skills and experience gained. Care support will be provided to assist participants to secure employment, education or further opportunities.

Eight young people have completed the programme after four weeks of employability workshops followed by two weeks on placement. The group spent a full day at Kwik Fit’s Broxburn Training Academy for hands on experience where they learnt to jack up vehicles, remove and refit tyres, balance wheels and check tyre pressure. After completing the programme, each member of the group now has certifications in Manual Handling and Safety Awareness – which are both recognised by employers.   

Action for Children Scotland provides a series of employability workshop programmes for socially excluded 16 to 24-year-olds across Scotland. The organisation provides a range of industry led training, SQA qualifications and workshops focusing on personal development.  

Kwik Fit's communications director Roger Griggs said: “We are extremely proud of the partnership with Action for Children Scotland. Without these programmes these youngsters would not have the knowledge or access to develop workplace skills many of us take for granted. The whole Kwik Fit team would like to wish the first eight participants the best of luck in the future and we are very much looking forward to working with Action for Children again.”

James Cantley, operational director of children’s services at Action for Children Scotland, said: “The past six weeks have offered an invaluable experience to the entire group and we would like to thank Kwik Fit for its involvement. Each member of the group has been able to build on their skills and also acquire recognised qualifications to go on and develop in the working world. This has been an extremely successful programme and we look forward to developing our relationship with Kwik Fit going forward.” 


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