Firstly, the current challenging economic climate is having a negative impact on Scotland’s young people. Edinburgh Council has recognised this and in 2011 instigated cross-partner action – The Edinburgh Guarantee.
Capital partnered with The Edinburgh Guarantee youth employment initiative – see previous article.
We recruited five school leavers as trainees in our workshop and stores. They have received training on a wide range of Capital services including the provision and support of many products. They completed a 9-month induction and training programme. Then our workshop trainees, were given a permanent three-year SVQ apprenticeship as service engineers. One of our stores trainees also successfully completed 6 months induction and has been recruited to a permanent position. The five trainees joined Capital between September 2012 and February 2013.
Tom Flockhart, Managing Director at Capital Document Solutions said: “I’m confident this partnership with the City of Edinburgh Council will help provide a genuine boost for the city and its young people. We believe it’s crucial that local businesses play a part in nurturing young talent.”
After our partnership with the Edinburgh Guarantee Scheme began we have had a visit from Angela Constance MSP where she paid tribute to Capital in recognition of our long-standing commitment to creating career opportunities for young people throughout Scotland. During the visit she met with key members of staff, including apprentices and trainees recruited as part of the Edinburgh Guarantee.