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Arnold Clark partners with ASL school to develop workforce of tomorrow

Pupils at an additional support and learning needs school are set to reap the benefits of a new partnership.

Car dealership Arnold Clark has been matched with Abercorn Secondary School in Cowcaddens for a flagship initiative created by youth training agency Developing the Young Workforce (DYW).

The firm aims to develop students' practical skills and employment chances as part of the Schools and Business Partnership programme, set up to enhance workplace skills across a variety of sectors.

DYW Glasgow, hosted by Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, launched the scheme following the release of the Youth Employment Action Group Report and the Commission for Developing the Young Workforce.

In response to the research which found that positive employer engagement supports young people and helps them identify more suitable career choices, the initiative also aims to increase the number of positive sustained positions post school and improve industry links with young people.

The partnerships have allowed some of Glasgow’s most recognised players to work closely with young people, broaden their horizons, raise attainment and make them aware of jobs that exist in the city.

Arnold Clark is the most recent high profile Glasgow business to get involved, following companies including Scottish Water, Network Rail and Glasgow Airport.

Suzanne Sherry, Apprentice Recruitment Manager at GTG/Arnold Clark Automobiles Ltd, said: “Our mission has always been focused around the investment of skills and the workplace of the future.

"It has always been important to us that young people are prepared, in a variety of industries, for when they leave school.

“By working with DYW Glasgow and Abercorn Secondary School we can look to give that extra support to the students and offer training outside of the everyday curriculum, to ensure they are prepared for their futures.”

DYW Glasgow has matched the majority of the city’s secondary schools with businesses, focusing on five key areas of employability; enterprise; skills and aspirations; inclusion and transition.

Alison McRae, Senior Director of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, added: “Arnold Clark and GTG Training joining the Schools and Business Partnership is a perfect addition to the initiative.

"Arnold Clark is a symbol of success within the UK’s business community and having its training centres work with one of our schools will give the young people a head start in advance of joining the workforce.

“By linking businesses, of a variety of sectors, with schools we can help more young people transition into the workplace.

“We are the only area in Scotland with such a large quantity of big name employers signed up to this type of partnership.

"The programme not only paves way for young people in developing their careers but allows employers to enforce their businesses as a prominent player in shaping the city’s young workforce.”