Handpicked from CR Smith
  • Creating opportunities for young people.

    Hand Picked is a pioneering employer-led jobs programme, supporting young people into employment.
  • Inspire the future workforce.

    By working with Hand Picked, you can make a real difference and shape the workforce of tomorrow.
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  • Supporting pupils to successfully compete for jobs

    Hand Picked for Schools delivers employability workshops direct from employers to pupils.
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  • A helping hand to find employment

    If you are aged between 16 and 24 and not currently working, Hand Picked can help you get into paid work.
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  • Join the Hand Picked Academy

    Our Academy will build your confidence and skills, to set you on the path to employment.
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Welcome to Hand Picked

Hand Picked is a jobs programme that provides paid work placements, employability courses and one-to-one mentoring for young people who want to work.

“Our approach is simple: we bring young people together with employers to build their understanding of the workplace and job expectations. We give young people the knowledge and confidence they need to kick start their working lives.”
Gerard Eadie CBE, Chairman of CR Smith who set up Hand Picked to tackle youth unemployment


Job sponsorship: 90 days to shape a young person’s future.

For a business of any size and from any sector, sponsoring a 16-24-year-old in a paid job is an opportunity to make a real difference to the young people who will make up Scotland’s workforce for years to come.

By becoming a partner of Hand Picked, you will help prepare Scotland’s young people for the workplace, securing a better future for your business and for your local community.


Hands-on employability support for schools from local employers.

We bring together like-minded businesses to deliver employability workshops to school pupils in a classroom environment. Pupils have the chance to learn about companies and jobs in their area, in addition to gaining inside knowledge about what employers really look for when they recruit new staff.


Seeking the right start to employment

If you are aged between 16-24, not currently working and actively seeking a job, Hand Picked can offer you practical advice and mentoring that will help you to find paid employment, whether that's in a Hand Picked placement or directly with an employer.

If you would like to find out more about joining Hand Picked either as a candidate or a business, please use the contact details below or complete the enquiry form on our Contact page and we will be in touch.


Practical learning to promote yourself to an employer.

The Hand Picked Academy is a short course that can offer you expert training on a range of employability topics including job search and writing a successful job application, skills for impressive interviews and workplace standards, alongside practical work experience.

In 2021, 69% of young people who took part moved into employment with another 18% finding places in further education.


Our Programme Online

We’re making our course materials available online, allowing teachers to build their own employability programme to meet the needs and priorities of their pupils. To register your interest, simply complete our form here.

Handpicked from CR Smith
If you wish to find out more about joining Hand Picked either as a candidate or a business, please use the contact details below or complete the enquiry form on our Contact page and we will be in touch.

Get in Touch

Our Location

c/o CR Smith
Gardeners Street
KY12 0RN

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