Renfrewshire Council

Employability Awards 2017

Employability awards recognise outstanding talent

The 2017 Renfrewshire Employability Awards have celebrated the successes and people making a difference to local businesses.

Employees, entrepreneurs and interns were just some of the top talent recognised at the award ceremony on Wednesday (6 September 2017) hosted by television and radio presenter Bryan Burnett at Paisley Town Hall.

Renfrewshire businesses nominated local people who have been supported through the Employability in Renfrewshire Partnership programmes.

And after a nail-biting wait, nine winners were announced from the impressive list of finalists.

The award winners are:

  • Most Promising New Employee: Jamie Drysdale, Power 1 Electrical Contractors Ltd
  • Most Promising New Entrepreneur: Euan McIntosh, Starkstrom (Scotland) Ltd
  • Top Intern: Debbie Campbell, I Am Me Scotland
  • Best Trainee: Homam Sharif, Renfrewshire Council
  • CV Builder (Youth): Morgan Spence, Johnstone High School
  • CV Builder (Adult): Laura Connor, Engage Renfrewshire
  • Apprentice of the Year: Andrew McClorey, Renfrewshire Council
  • Progression in Work: Laura Currie, Consilium Contracting Ltd
  • Achiever of the Year: Barbara Brown

More than 1,000 local businesses have signed up to support the Invest in Renfrewshire programme which support 1400 people each year, providing direct access to vacancies, work experience, training, personal support and finance.

The programme is now based at the recently refurbished Russell Institute building on Causeyside Street, which is also home to Skills Development Scotland.

The night concluded with three Special Recognition awards for local businesses who have shown outstanding support over the last year, enthusiastically helping people prepare for work, enter work and progress in work.

These awards went to Papamacs Gourmet Kitchen in Johnstone; Gormac Coachworks in Renfrew and Carli's Kindergarten in Erskine.

Councillor Jim Paterson, Depute Leader of Renfrewshire Council said: "Congratulations to all the winners and to everyone shortlisted for these awards which celebrate success and recognise the talent, enterprise and commitment of Renfrewshire's people.

"The collective cooperation and commitment of our partners in the business community, education and employability sectors is key to our continued economic success.

"Together, we have taken Renfrewshire's youth employment from 27th in Scotland to being fourth best. Our job totals are at pre-recession levels; regeneration is gathering pace; unemployment is falling; businesses are growing; and we are developing a reputation as a place of enterprise, creativity and drive.

"Paisley's bid to become UK City of Culture 2021 is already changing how we are seen and how others see us. The Glasgow City Region City Deal's £274m investment in Renfrewshire will put us right at the heart of a powerhouse regional economy. We will seize this momentum by continuing to support business growth and create jobs. We will work tirelessly to help people find work and succeed in a modern economy."

Sandra Black, Renfrewshire Council Chief Executive said: "I too want to congratulate all our finalists and partners who have shown what is possible and inspire our continued success.

"These awards celebrate the enterprise, talent and commitment to excellence that characterise Renfrewshire's businesses and their employees. From the winners and everyone shortlisted we can see that these qualities are having an immense and positive effect on our people and our future.

"Renfrewshire has always had a strong, creative, hardworking and entrepreneurial culture. We also have a strong sense of community and fairness. Through local partnership working, we have made great strides in developing our economy, tackling poverty, regenerating our towns and empowering our communities."

Find out more about employability programmes in Renfrewshire at:

Full list of 2017 Employability Awards finalists:

  • Most Promising New Employee: Graham Barr (Renfrewshire Leisure); Jamie Drysdale (Power 1 Electrical Contractors Ltd); Garry McMahon (Renfrewshire Council)
  • Most Promising New Entrepreneur: Scott Crawford (MAC Grafix Ltd); Andrea McCarthy (Paisley Pins); Euan McIntosh (Starkstrom (Scotland) Ltd); Laura Provan (Paisley Pins)
  • Top Intern: Debbie Campbell (I Am Me Scotland); Linzi Clark (Renfrewshire Council); Caitlin Martin (Renfrewshire Council)
  • Best Trainee: Leah Bryce (Renfrewshire Council); Stacey Campbell (Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership); Homam Sharif (Renfrewshire Council)
  • CV Builder (Youth): Rachel Humphries (Trinity High School); Nathan McCuaig (Linwood High School); Morgan Spence (Johnstone High School); Maria Welsh (St Andrew's Academy)
  • CV Builder (Adult): Laura Connor (Engage Renfrewshire); Stephen Dow (Renfrew YMCA); Jodi Robertson (Renfrewshire Council)
  • Renfrewshire Apprentice of the Year: Megan Baird (Renfrewshire Council); Robert Luby (City Gate Construction Ltd); Andrew McClorey (Renfrewshire Council)
  • Progression in Work: Laura Currie (Consilium Contracting Services Ltd); Lauren Fearon (KLAS Care); Robert Howie (John McKean Martial Arts Academy)

Published 7 September 2017