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W H Malcolm's Pilot Programme Brings Jobs For Inverclyde Residents

The Malcolm Group is delighted to be participating in an innovative new initiative, created by Riverside Inverclyde and supported by Inverclyde Council, Inverclyde Community Development Trust, and DYW West (Developing The Young Workforce), which will help to create up to 10 permanent contracts for successful Inverclyde residents within The Malcom Group as trainee drivers.

The scheme was officially launched at The Donald Malcolm Heritage Centre with Andrew Bowman from Riverside Inverclyde. Kevin Millar and Billy Watson from The Inverclyde Trust, Fiona Smith from GTG and 10 potential candidates in attendance. Guests were treated to a hot breakfast and a warm welcome from Ronnie McEwan, Group Training Manager for the Malcolm Group, Paul Hobday, Group HR Manager & Jan Peart, HR Manager.

Above - The Donald Malcolm Heritage Centre in Linwood, Paisley

The event offered potential candidates the opportunity to learn more about the company and their potential future role within it. It also offered Malcolm’s HR team a first look at 4 potential new drivers from the Inverclyde area, who could potentially be the first to participate in the new scheme.

The selected candidates will receive training and tuition, assisted by GTG to bring them up to LGV Class C status before receiving in depth tipper driver training, from Malcolm Constructions in house Driver trainers, all of whom are DVSA instructor standard, to allow them to integrate into the Construction Division based at Glasgow, Loanhead & Irvine.

The group were taken on a guided tour of the Heritage centre with the pictorial timeline explaining the Malcolm history from the humble beginnings of the group to the present day, in which the Group is now an industry leader in the Logistics and Construction sector.

The group were then treated to a presentation, introducing them to the company and enlightening the potential new recruits on the everyday operations of the group, the structure and the different divisions.

Ronnie talked about the function of the Construction Division and the impact it has made upon the construction industry, both serving as the main contractors and in our own right as a standalone contractor, before concluding with a Q&A session from the candidates, which featured a varied and interesting array of questions regarding the potential roles they may fill within the company. Ronnie talked in detail about the company expectation and the growth that we need to achieve from external bodies and Local Initiatives to ensure the ongoing strength and growth of the business.

The visit proved to be a great success, with both Inverclyde and GTG very impressed by the presentation and the Donald Malcolm Heritage Centre and were very interested in the Malcolm Group History. We very much hope that this will be the start of a very successful business relationship between Inverclyde Trust and the Malcolm Group.

Andrew Bowman, Head of Business Investment at Riverside Inverclyde said: 

"The collaboration throughout this pilot from the Malcolm Group and Andrew Malcolm right through to the candidates themselves has been first class.  Riverside Inverclyde and Inverclyde Council is taking an innovative approach to providing job opportunities for Inverclyde residents, through partnering with the private sector, and this is a great example that we hope will to grow further in the coming months.  The candidates have all represented themselves fantastically well and showed a keen enthusiam to learn more about the outstanding heritage of a company like W H Malcolm's.  We wish all of the candidates well in their driving futures and owe a huge thank you to GTG and Inverclyde Trust for their support in delivering the pilot and making this a success." 

Read on the Malcolm Group website.