Legacy of 2014 providing jobs in local businesses for local people

In support of the 2014 Commonwealth Games there were a limited number of Employer Recruitment Incentive (ERI) placements available in Galloway to employers who wanted to recruit Modern Apprentices (MAs).

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) delivered a £1,500 incentive for 16-19 year-olds undertaking a Modern Apprenticeship in selected frameworks. This Employer Recruitment Incentive has provided employment opportunities for young people across Dumfries and Galloway to ensure a lasting legacy from the 2014 Games. There have been 88 young people taken on as MAs through the fund.

Cally Palace Hotel in Gatehouse of Fleet is one local business which has benefitted from the ERI. They took on three trainees over the past 12 months in a variety of roles in their hotel.

Gordon Ward, Assistant Manager at the Cally Palace Hotel in Gatehouse of Fleet, said: “We employ a wide variety of people in a large scope of jobs. The funding incentive has allowed us to employ more staff in the 16-29 and 30-plus categories. During the past year we have seen large amounts of professional development in all our candidates. This has not only improved their job-specific skills but also their general employability skills and their confidence.”

Chair of the council’s Corporate Policy Committee and Leader of Dumfries and Galloway Council Ronnie Nicholson remarked: “Building the local economy and providing the best start in life for our local children are key priorities for Dumfries and Galloway Council.

“This Recruitment Incentive has helped contribute significantly towards these priorities. It has also meant that there is a clear link to Legacy in our region, which will continue to grow and prosper. Legacy Week will allow us to celebrate local successes and showcase the talent we have in Dumfries and Galloway.”

Legacy Week runs from 9-15 March. You can find out more about various Legacy success stories at www.legacy2014.scot and by following the council on Facebook and Twitter.