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Social enterprise helps young Highlanders kick start their careers

By Calum MacLeod

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ILM Highland’s Martin Macleod (left) joins new kickstart recruits Martin Muir (front), Luke Kennedy (back) and Connor Brown (right).
ILM Highland’s Martin Macleod (left) joins new kickstart recruits Martin Muir (front), Luke Kennedy (back) and Connor Brown (right).

The (work)force is strong at ILM Highland this May the 4th, as the social enterprise welcomes three new team members to support its growing service provision.

The new recruits will join the Alness-based organisation as part of the UK Government’s Kickstart Scheme, which provides funding and support to create new job opportunities for 16 to 24-year-olds.

Connor Brown, Martin Muir and Luke Kennedy will gain access to training and support to help them further their careers, as well as gaining experience in the firm’s electrical recycling, repairs and sales teams. These operations support the organisation’s charitable services, providing support to the elderly and those living with a disability in the Highlands.

Martin Macleod, ILM Highland's chief executive, said: “We’re excited to welcome Connor, Martin and Luke to the ILM Highland family, and look forward to working with them over the coming months. The job market over the last year has been particularly competitive, so to be in the position to be able to create new jobs to help young people get their feet on the career ladder after such uncertainty is fantastic.”

Mr Brown’s role as a domestic engineer assistant will see him join ILM Highland’s electrical repair team – working on refurbished appliances that will be sold in the organisation’s shop in Alness and online.

Mr Muir will take on the title of recycling operative assistant, working on the company’s extensive electrical recycling operations – which includes the collection of small and large electricals across the Highlands, as well as providing WEEE disposal services to businesses in the region.

Mr Kennedy’s new position as shop sales and admin assistant will allow him the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of running a successful social enterprise and support the organisation’s fundraising efforts in its Alness retail shop.

Mr Macleod added: “Throughout the pandemic, we are proud to have continued to be able to offer our handyperson and care & repair services to support vulnerable people to live at home across the Highlands. These are funded by the hard work of the teams that Connor, Martin and Luke will be working in. We’re delighted to have them on board to help us continue to provide these lifeline services to those that need them the most in our community.”

ILM Highland is a social enterprise, supporting vulnerable people in the Scottish Highlands to live at home – giving them greater independence and freedom. ILM Highland’s services are supported by its professional and fully certified service for businesses to dispose of their waste electronic and electrical equipment; a domestic small and large electrical recycling service; and its shop in Alness and online, which sells a wide selection of new and refurbished electrical appliances.

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