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A Falkirk business that supplies products around the world has been put on the map for its efforts in supporting youth employment.

Outreach Ltd – a leading supplier of hydraulic handling, lifting and access equipment – has been named Skills Development Scotland’s (SDS) August Youth Employer of the Month.

With 10 per cent of the workforce made up of Modern Apprentices – nine in the workshop and one in the parts department – the company has been recognised for its commitment to offering the programme to local young people.

Strong links with education

The firm has also built strong links with local secondary schools to promote apprenticeships and careers in engineering.

Scott Reid, General Manager of Operations, at Outreach Ltd, said: “It is great that we have been recognised with this Award. Hopefully our experience with young people will demonstrate to other employers the benefits of taking on a Modern Apprentice.

“It is rewarding to see our apprentices develop and make a positive contribution to the business. As an employer you get out what you have put in and it is great to see the young people come out the other end of their experience ready for employment.

Apprentice Development Programme

From its central Scotland base, the Modern Apprentices at Outreach will also benefit from the recent roll out of an Apprentice Development Programme that aims to structure learning and help young people continue to grow within the business following their apprenticeship.

The company was nominated for the award by SDS’s Employer Engagement Adviser, Graeme Schmidt, who said: “Outreach Ltd has gone from strength to strength over the last 10 years. During that time, they have recognised the need for workforce development in order to diversify their business and have invested in their staff through Modern Apprenticeships.”

Chairman of SDS, John F McClelland CBE, added: “I would like to congratulate the team at Outreach Ltd for showing an outstanding commitment to supporting youth employment in their local area.

“Businesses of all shapes and sizes can benefit from taking on a young person and developing their skills for to build a strong workforce of the future.”

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