Social Enterprise in Shetland is named Youth Employer of the Month

Posted in: General News

A Shetland business that helps young people get back on track has been named as our Youth Employer of the Month.

The Shetland Community Bike Project was presented with the award for its role in providing employment and volunteering opportunities for young people facing barriers to work including mental health, drug or alcohol-related issues.

Project Manager at the Bike Project, Caroline Adamson, said: “It feels great to be recognised with this award and it will hopefully raise more awareness of what we do here.

“The young people we work with have some challenging issues and need a lot of support but it is so rewarding to see them develop, make a positive contribution to the business and come out the other end of their experience ready for employment.”

The bike project currently employs five young people with the aim of helping them to develop essential employability skills, such as team work and time keeping, as well as hands-on experience in the repair shop.

The project also helps young people with a range of training opportunities tailored to what they want to do, including first aid and driving lessons.

SDS Careers Coach, Alison Williamson, said: “The Shetland Community Bike Project is a fantastic local resource to support young people facing barriers into employment.

“We work closely with the project and have referred some of our customers to Caroline who is always keen to meet and tell them more about what they can offer.”

Chairman of SDS, John McClelland CBE, added: “I would like to congratulate those involved in the Shetland Community Bike Project for showing an outstanding committment to supporting youth employment in their local area.

“It shows that no matter how large or small a business is, it can make a difference and help young people into work.”

Although still in its early stages, the Youth Employer of Month campaign has already attracted public attention.  Burn Stewart Distillers, the first business to receive the award, featured in a Real Radio news bulletin, in newspapers, online and was even mentioned in two parliamentary motions commending the company on their approach to youth employment.