ADL joins work academy scheme to boost skills

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The partnership launches, with representatives from ADL, Falkirk FC Foundation, St Mungo’s pupils and Falkirk FC players

Alexander Dennis Ltd (ADL) has teamed up with the Falkirk Football Club Foundation to boost skills in the local community through the Falkirk Work Academy scheme.

Aimed at teenagers who face challenges in a traditional school setting, the scheme aims to build confidence, enhance life skills and increase qualification attainment through an Alternative School environment. ADL will offer motivational visits to its Falkirk factory and will provide coaching in building CVs and job interview techniques.

The partnership was launched on January 24 at St Mungo’s High School by Deputy Rector, Stuart McKay, Falkirk FC Foundation’s Community Coach, Chris McGill and ADL’s Group Marketing Director, Jacqueline Anderson. They were joined by the six St Mungo’s pupils participating in the scheme, as well as by Falkirk FC players, Fraser Aird and Peter Grant, and ADL apprentices and graduate trainees.

Graduate Trainee Michael Pothan will be the point of contact at ADL for the teenagers, who will be followed by six pupils  from Larbert High School later in the year.

Colin Robertson, Chief Executive at ADL, commented: “ADL is proud of its long-standing manufacturing tradition here in Falkirk and we are delighted to invest in the local community by fostering the next generation through this exciting new scheme with the Falkirk FC Foundation.”

David Stewart, Community Manager at Falkirk FC Foundation, added: “Everyone at Falkirk Foundation is delighted to be working with Alexander Dennis on this innovative programme and we appreciate the support ADL is providing to the local community.”