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Arnold Clark rewarded for dedication in supporting young people into work

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Arnold Clark has been named employer of the month for December for its work in supporting young people in employment.

The recognition comes from youth employment strategy group Developing the Young Workforce Glasgow (DYW).

Last year, Arnold Clark fulfilled 267 apprentice vacancies and has placed 238 young people in work experience positions during the 2015/2016 academic year.

Europe’s largest independent car dealer has also worked in partnership with the Prince’s Trust since 2008, and is the lead supporter of the charity’s Achieve programme, which gives young people the opportunity to learn new skills.

Through the initiative, Arnold Clark has developed relationships with local schools to help promote a career in the automotive industry, as well as offering workplace visits, mock interviews and placements. There is also the chance for participants to learn about apprenticeships and get help with creating a CV.

Suzanne Sherry, Arnold Clark apprenticeship recruitment manager, said: “Young people are a fantastic asset to our company and we are committed to giving them learning opportunities and career prospects that reflect this.

“We work closely with many organisations - including the Prince’s Trust - to ensure our education programmes are engaging and will equip young participants with skills that they can take forward with them through life and into any job.”

Alison McRae, senior director of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, said: "We are delighted to announce that Arnold Clark is our Developing Young Workforce Glasgow Employer of the Month. It is great to see a local company nurturing and supporting the talent of young people and the accolade is well deserved."

Arnold Clark was named AM Retailer of the Year 2016 and now employs over 10,000 staff nationwide.

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