Clyde Valley Group spreads success

Customer research officers, gardeners and administrative staff recruited through Clyde Valley Group's business school are pictured with Research Resource's Lorna Shaw (far left) and CVG's Jacqueline McCutcheon (far right).
Customer research officers, gardeners and administrative staff recruited through Clyde Valley Group's business school are pictured with Research Resource's Lorna Shaw (far left) and CVG's Jacqueline McCutcheon (far right).

BUSINESS IS BOOMING . . . customer research officers, gardeners and administrative staff recruited through Clyde Valley Group’s business school are pictured with Research Resource’s Lorna Shaw (far left) and CVG’s Jacqueline McCutcheon (far right).

THE Clyde Valley Group in Motherwell has launched a new business school.

The school operates out of the company’s Scott Street headquarters to support the establishment of employability strategies.

Having achieved three star status in this year’s Best Companies awards, CVG, which includes Clyde Valley Housing Association, is keen to extend the benefits of its achievement to the wider community as well as ensuring continual development of its own people.

The business school comprises three elements.

The first to be established and implemented is the Clyde Valley Employment Academy, which encompasses a range of training and employment opportunities.

It has already achieved success as to date it has created employment for 23 Lanarkshire residents. This has been achieved through a number of programmes.

Seven people have been recruited as customer research officers to carry out the Clyde Valley Customer Survey in association with Research Resource, the results of which will be used to help CVG maintain and improve its standards of customer service.

Following on from last year’s successful garden assistance programme, CVG has re-employed its two gardeners who delivered a garden maintenance service to vulnerable tenants in South Lanarkshire.

At the One Wellwynd Social Enterprise Centre, three additional posts provide reception and administrative support, while also at Wellwynd a joint initiative with North Lanarkshire Council and Voluntary Action North Lanarkshire will place 11 people in six months employment with businesses located within the centre.

CVG has been involved in a similar partnership with the council through the Xtra Pair of Hands Programme, where 10 young people were initally employed by CVG supply chain partners and to date has assisted over 300 young people into employment.

The other two elements of the business school are the Clyde Valley Training Academy which will create apprenticeship opportunities within the group and the Clyde Valley Succession Academy which will enable CVG’s staff members to develop skills to emerge as managers and future leaders.