Training local people for life changing work

Dundee based employment and training charity Craigowl Communities will soon relaunch two of its popular job training programmes to help young people secure employment with some of the city’s top employers.

craigowlThe Hospitality Academy, a joint venture with Malmaison Dundee and the Care Apprenticeship programme, is restarting at the end of March and will offer unemployed young people in Dundee comprehensive training to begin rewarding careers in the hospitality or care industries.

Stevyn Wilkinson, was one of the first intake of care apprentices and now works full time for the care and support company Gowrie Care. He said:

‘When I was applying for jobs in the care sector I was told that I did not have the right experience or the right qualifications.  As soon as I saw the advert for the Care Apprenticeship programme on Facebook I jumped straight on it and went from there.

‘The Care Apprentice was a good opportunity but it was an even better experience.’

Craigowl Communities works with hundreds of young people each year, providing them with the skills and opportunities they need to start careers with good employers.

Despite the continued promise of more jobs becoming available in Dundee, Craigowl’s Employer Engagement Manager, Karen Smith, is aware of the lack of quality employment opportunities available.  She said:

‘Craigowl Communities’ employment teams work hard to create viable training and employment opportunities for people across Dundee.’

Part of the Hillcrest Group of Companies, Craigowl has just completed a pop up roadshow tour of Dundee with the team visiting community centres, libraries and other social hubs in some of the city’s areas most affected by unemployment.

Karen explained:

‘We advertise most of our opportunities online through our Facebook page and on our partner organisations’ websites but we understand that this is not the best way to reach everyone.  The roadshows were designed cut out the middle man by bringing our advice and expertise directly to people in Dundee who need it most.’

Craigowl’s Care Apprenticeship Programme, delivered in partnership with Gowrie Care and Dundee College is recruiting now with the induction taking place at Hillcrest HQ on Tuesday 22 March 2016. This programme is designed for people who are 18-24 years of age.

For more information and to register your interest contact Jacqueline Gray at Craigowl Communities by calling 01382 315700 or email

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