Just the job for Pesco youngsters

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Peter Scott & Co Ltd has opened its doors to a new batch of trainees, in a bid to give young people a chance to work in Hawick’s famous industry.

The mill is the latest in the town to announce that it is investing in the training of young Teries, this time as part of Scottish Borders Council’s YES (Youth Employment Scotland) Scheme, in partnership with the job centre and Barnardos.

Quality auditor, collar linker, body linker and seamer are just some of the jobs which could be waiting for the youngsters at the Buccleuch Road factory if they complete the scheme and continue onto a modern-day apprenticeship – which the Gloverall Plc-owned company is now in a position to offer.

Alistair Young, the mill’s operations manager, told the Hawick News: “This is the second crop offered to us by Jobcentre Plus and we are certainly keen to do it again. It is all about getting youngsters back into the industry, and giving them an opportunity to see what it’s like. They will be with us for six to nine months, and if successful, they could be here long-term.”

He added: “There has certainly been a resurgence in the knitwear industry and there are opportunities available.”

Pictured from left are Lena Karger, Natasha Elliot, Rebecca Murphy, Alistair Young (operations manager),Barbara Smith and Hazel Thorburn.