Jewson, construction industry supplier, is helping young people to build solid foundations for their future careers.

Jewson provided work experience placements for young people in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Lanarkshire and Ayrshire through the charity Street League, which runs a football and employability training programme.

Participants completed the Certificate of Work Readiness, which gave them relevant work experience and a real qualification to show employers they are ready for the workplace. They were also given full health and safety training and interview experience delivered by Jewson employees.

Following the placements, Jewson recruited ten full-time employees, including a Modern Apprentice. Now the company’s efforts have been recognised with Skills Development Scotland’s (SDS) Youth Employer of the Month Award.

Adele Winfield, regional human resources manager for Jewson said: ”As a company, we’re determined to support young people into employment as this develops the sustainability of our business. The partnership with Street League has made real strides to encourage young people to think of Jewson as a place where they could have a long-term career.”

The company was nominated by SDS’s employer support executive Sharita Guy who said: “Jewson’s support of young people and the Certificate of Work Readiness has given a number of young people a great start to their career. For the company to recruit some of those young people and offer an apprenticeship shows its very strong commitment to youth employment.”