As we aim to adapt to working in both this very disruptive and fast changing time, our main priority is the safety and well-being of all our occupiers, staff and their families. From last week, we introduced strict measures in line with UK government advice and introduced new hygiene, social distancing and pre-meeting screening protocols in all our workplaces as well as finding new ways to operate remotely. The facilities management teams are working shift patterns in between the office and home. They are still fully contactable on all the usual phone numbers: https://www.hillingtonpark.com/contact/.
Finally we would like to express our sympathies to everyone who has been affected and continues to be affected by the COVID-19 virus. We would also like to show our support to the key workers including doctors, nurses and teachers who are working tirelessly across the country.
Steven McCaw, Managing Director of DMS Installations on Montrose Avenue, first met some of his new employees whilst they were participating in an employability scheme for young people.
The Youth Employability Scheme (YES) Programme has been operating at The Experience since May 2014. To date, the Big Lottery funded scheme has helped 147 young people gain skills and experience of working with members of the public.
Leyla Davis will shortly begin her apprenticeship with DMS training to be an electrician, while Daniel McAdam and Liam Donnelly have been employed full time as Installation Specialists after making the short trip across the road.
DMS is an established figure in Hillington Park specialising in energy performance assessments and offering a full range of energy solution services that help customers cut their bills.
Steven McCaw from DMS said: “It’s great to be able to give local youths the opportunity to work and train into established trades. Not only will they gain valuable skills, they will be future proofing their knowledge by applying these skills towards the zero carbon economy. Demand for our services is huge and our business is growing rapidly and we expect to be taking on further apprenticeships in the New Year.”
Eileen Cummings, Director of Young Workforce Development at The Experience, said: “Since the opening of The Experience, we have been running different programmes designed to help young people gain the skills for mainstream employment. With the YES Programme, we work with those who are furthest from the job market. To have such a positive relationship with one of our neighbouring businesses is hugely beneficial to our young people.
“I want to wish Leyla, Liam and Daniel all the best for the future and hope that we can continue to work with DMS in the future to secure employment for more of our young people in the future.”