Scotlands First Minister welcomes Bright Future apprentices in new roles as recruitment professiona
Scotland’s First Minister welcomes Bright Future apprentices in new roles as recruitment professionals
Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond MSP and the Scottish Youth Employment Minister, Angela Constance MSP visited Bright Purple Resourcing to meet with a group of company’s trainees who have just completed its inaugural apprenticeship programme.
The visit to Bright Purple’s Edinburgh headquarters coincides with four apprentices being offered full time roles within the business following their six month placement in the Bright Futures Programme.
The new members being taken on as permanent members of the Bright Purple team initially joined the business in January as part of a six-strong in-take for the Bright Futures programme, an initiative aimed at helping address long term youth unemployment in Scotland. Over the course of the half year programme, all six apprentices performed to a very impressive standard in the numerous, hands-on tasks and activities they were engaged in as part of the training. As a result, Bright Purple’s CEO, Nick Price, decided to double his initial commitment of offering full-time roles to two of the trainees.
The four new recruits are Lewis O’Connor, Craig Lamb, Sarah Dougal and Deonne Budge, all of whom will now take on permanent roles supporting the firm across a number of different divisions.
The First Minister and Ms Constance met with four of the apprentices, Bright Purple CEO, Nick Price, and Marielle Tweedie who heads up the company’s Bright Futures Programme where they were given an overview about the initiative and heard first-hand of the trainees’ experiences.
Nick Price said: “The visit from Alex Salmond and the Youth Employment Minister is a real credit to the quality of the Bright Futures Programme and the positive experiences of our apprentices.
“I am so proud of what all six of our trainees have achieved in a relatively short space of time with us. They came to us back in January as very raw recruits but after six months of getting them directly involved in a series of engaging projects we’ve seen them all make huge strides forward as both recruitment professionals and individuals.
“I’m really impressed with the success if the programme and exceptionally pleased that are offering full time roles to four of the apprentices. I look forward to seeing continued progress from our new colleagues as they are all talented people and all capable of delivering exceptional performance in all that they do.”
Scottish Youth Employment Minister, Angela Constance said:
“It was a real pleasure to meet the team at Bright Purple and to hear direct from the apprentices about their positive experience. In Government we are committed to addressing the issue of youth unemployment and it is always inspiring to hear from people who are making the most of an opportunity to help them succeed in life.
“Our young people face difficult times in this economic climate so it is very encouraging to see the contribution being made by SMEs like Bright Purple who are playing their part in helping address this challenge.”