Letter: Dealer’s choice

Arnold Clark considers that more than 1,700 applicants were unsuitable for employment as apprentices and for “employment of any kind” (your report, 22 May). Could it be that Mr Clark’s recruitment process is in need of a major service?

Has he approached his local college, where he would find talented, motivated and employment-ready candidates? Has he spoken with teachers and lecturers about his current and future employee requirements?

Carnegie College works hard to ensure that all our students not only gain qualifications but possess the capability to gain and maintain employment, and progress in it.

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Each year, Carnegie trains more than 500 modern apprentices, many of whom were selected by employers while studying full-time for courses that gave them the requisite skills for entry into their chosen careers. That’s 500 young people becoming work-ready.

For many years we have worked with employers in west Fife, Scotland and the UK to match our training with the skills required in the workplace. We often tailor courses to meet these requirements.

Close relationships with employers enable our students to take part in work placements and benefit from the hands-on experience that helps to enhance their CVs. Employers benefit by seeing how a potential employee may fit into their business.

In today’s competitive job market, students recognise the advantage of qualifications and look to achieve their best, but sometimes extra help is required.

We make use of an Employment Readiness Scale to assess how ready a student is for employment. All our students are assessed on entry to college and essential skill gaps are identified.

This process means that individuals will receive the support and measures which ensure that, upon completion of their studies, they are ready for employment.

They may require support in areas such as maths, or written and oral communication skills, as they progress with their course. Carnegie College is about employability, not babysitting.

If Mr Clark is looking for a skilled and motivated workforce, he should begin by talking and working with Scotland’s local colleges. Help is out there. Taking up this assistance and guidance will undoubtedly save him time, and money, in the long run.

Geoff Fenlon

Principal and chief executive

Carnegie College

Pittsburgh Road