Firm nets youth work award

Youth and Women's Employment Minister Annabelle Ewing and Skills Development Scotland's food and drink sector manager Gerry McBride (right) present the award to Dawnfresh Seafoods chairman Alastair Salvesen.
Youth and Women's Employment Minister Annabelle Ewing and Skills Development Scotland's food and drink sector manager Gerry McBride (right) present the award to Dawnfresh Seafoods chairman Alastair Salvesen.
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Dawnfresh in Uddingston has been rewarded for showing continuous commitment to getting young people into work.

The firm was presented with a Skills Development Scotland (SDS) Award when Youth and Women’s Employment Minister Annabelle Ewing paid them a visit.

SDS chairman John McClelland said: “Dawnfresh consistently displays the core values which define our Youth Employer of the Month Award and I congratulate them on receiving the award at this time.

“The company’s commitment to young people and the importance it has placed on offering valuable employability training and apprenticeship opportunities is to be commended.”

Dawnfresh recruited Modern Apprentices through the food and drink sector’s Tasty Jobs initiative, which incorporates SDS’s Certificate of Work Readiness employability qualification.

The new recruits include Lewis McMahon and Andrew Plumb from Bothwell, Darren Ball from Uddingston, Steven Hamilton from Carfin, Cameron Payling from Holytown and Kyle Stein from Motherwell.

Ms Ewing said: “Since starting the Awards SDS has recognised the tremendous investment shown by companies from Shetland to the Scottish Borders, in sectors such as life sciences and finance and by organisations of all sizes from global companies to micro businesses.

“The one constant is the value that these great companies place on the contribution they can make to young peoples’ training and skills and awareness of the benefits young people can bring to their workplaces.”

Dawnfresh employs over 500 people across three processing sites and seven fish farms, supplying products to large supermarkets and specialist independent retailers.

Its international business has grown to annual turnover of £6million with export markets in the USA, Europe, the Middle and Far East.

The company was nominated for the award by SDS’s Food and Drink Sector Manager Gerry McBride.

He said: “The company has demonstrated its support for young people from local communities in their different locations across the country.

“Dawnfresh has shown how much importance it places on training and development and I am delighted it has been honoured on the first anniversary of the awards.”