CMS gives winter school leavers space to start developing their careers

  • 22 Nov 2019

CMS Window Systems is working with North Lanarkshire Council to provide a vocational environment for school leavers to make the transition from education to the workplace.

The students eligible to leave school at Christmas 2019 on the ‘Winter Leavers Programme’ are utilising space within the CMS Innovation Hub at the company’s Castlecary HQ near Glasgow.

This state of the art learning and development facility is providing a base from where the school leavers can engage with other local businesses through work experience and training, and importantly spend the bulk of their time in a workplace environment. Three of the students, who have just turned 16, are undertaking work experience with CMS directly, two in stores and one placed within the IT department.

The local youngsters have all completed 4th year at secondary school but in the Scottish education system are required to stay in full-time education until Christmas 2019, because their 16th birthdays fall between October 2019 and February 2020. However, the experience of schools across Scotland is that winter leaver students often become disengaged and feel penalised by these rules, which can have a negative impact in school on other students who have chosen to continue their education post-16.

David Ritchie, CEO of CMS Window Systems comments: “It is crucial that we support young people who are keen to learn and develop into our future workforce, and that’s why we wanted to help North Lanarkshire Council with this excellent scheme. North Lanarkshire continues to be an excellent place for our business to be based with its fantastic communication links and a Council that is very supportive of growing businesses.

“With our Innovation Hub, we have an ideal space for the young people on this programme to base themselves as this will help them to become familiar with a real-life working environment and ease the transition from education to work.”

CMS stepped in to support North Lanarkshire Council’s Winter Leavers Programme as part of its ongoing commitment to supporting its local communities. It is also supporting another of the council’s initiatives, ‘Give a Gift Card’ Christmas appeal, which aims to ensure that every child in North Lanarkshire receives a gift this Christmas.

Social sustainability is one of the core strands of CMS’s business strategy with a comprehensive CSR programme in place, which already includes being a Living Wage employer and one of the biggest providers of apprenticeships of its kind in the Scottish manufacturing sector.

In addition to its HQ and main manufacturing and waste recycling facility at Castlecary, CMS operates factories in Kirkcaldy and East Kilbride, across which it employs more than 300 people in the design, manufacture and installation of PVCu and aluminium windows, doors and curtain walling. The company works with local authorities, housing associations, housebuilders, commercial developers and trade window customers across Scotland and increasingly UK-wide.

Leave a Reply

Latest news

Pilkington

Pilkington installation at Slimming World HQ wins at major awards programme

Pilkington United Kingdom Limited, part of the NSG Group, has won Commercial Project of the Year in the G19 Awards with its installation at Slimming World’s HQ.

Posted in Articles, Awards, Building Industry Events, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Case Studies, Facades, Glass, Glass Projects, Posts, Restoration & Refurbishment, Retrofit & Renovation, Walls, Windows

Vent-Axia

Vent-Axia launches Knowledge Hub app

Industry-leading ventilation company, Vent-Axia, has launched a new app providing comprehensive product information at the touch of a button.

Posted in Air Conditioning, Articles, Building Industry News, Building Services, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning - HVAC, Information Technology, Innovations & New Products

KIngspan Insulation

Study shows soffit savings with Kingspan Insulation

This article explores a study that shows how soffit savings can be made with Kingspan Insulation.

Posted in Articles, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Drainage, Guttering, Soffits & Fascias, Insulation, Posts, Sustainability & Energy Efficiency, Walls

Enfield Doors

Fire door factory tour for the Ministry (MHCLG) now open to specifiers

Enfield Speciality Doors is opening its doors to specifiers, surveyors, contractors, commercial fit-out companies and facilities managers.

Posted in Articles, Building Industry Events, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Building Regulations & Accreditations, Doors, Health & Safety, Posts, Research & Materials Testing, Security and Fire Protection