Rona Mackay was elected in May 2016 with a 8,100 majority in Strathkelvin and Bearsden.

Prior to this, she was a journalist in national newspapers for more than 20 years, before becoming Parliamentary Assistant to Clydebank and Milngavie MSP Gil Paterson, with whom she worked for nine years before becoming elected.

 

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LOCAL MSP TO HOST KIRKINTILLOCH JOB FAYRE

MSP Rona Mackay is holding a Job Fayre in Kirkintilloch Town Hall on Friday 15 March and she hopes this will be the most successful to date.


Following on from previous successful Job Fayres throughout Strathkelvin and Bearsden, the Fayre will cover education, training, apprenticeships and employment with a variety of businesses, from McDonalds to McNairs, and from Police Scotland to Aviva.


Most positions will be paid positions, but there will be voluntary positions from the organisations such as East Dunbartonshire Voluntary Action and G.R.A.C.E.


The event is free and there is no need to book, simply turn up on the day between 10:30am and 12:30pm and speak directly to a number of employers, and others offering various opportunities.


Ms Mackay said: “Hosting these Job Fayres allows me to have conversations with constituents who have issues, not only about employment, but many other issues. The majority of concerns raised with my office are Council-related, and I’m glad that local councillors Gillian Renwick and John Jamieson will be attending.


“If you’re unable to attend you’re always welcome to get in touch via my website at www.ronamackay.scot”


Sean Duffy, Wise Group CEO added:


“The Wise Group is delighted to be able to support people in East Dunbartonshire through Fair Start Scotland - whether that’s working on your CV, boosting your confidence, or just finding out what options are there for you.


“Working closely with the Lennox Partnership across East Dunbartonshire, we can provide one-to-one support to help you gain the skills you need and find a job that’s right for you.”


Local MP for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East constituency, Stuart McDonald added:


“Following on from other events Rona and I have organised in the area, including a previous employment fayre in Kirkintilloch, we hope this forthcoming event proves just as useful for the local community.”


Gillian Renwick, Depute Leader for the SNP Group on East Dunbartonshire Council added:


“The SNP is dedicated to helping people into secure and sustainable employment, so it’s great that Rona has organised today’s event, to help local people get in touch with local job opportunities. It’s also a plus for local businesses to see the local skills and talent that is available within the Kirkintilloch area.”


Susan Sansom, Head of Operations Underwriting & Strategic Partnerships and Senior location manager for Aviva, Bishopbriggs added:


“As a leading employer in Bishopbriggs we are really pleased to be part of this jobs fayre. We offer a variety of careers in motor and liability claims as well as in product sales and customer service. This fayre offers an excellent opportunity to talk with local people about what we do and the type of jobs we have. Bishopbriggs is one of Aviva’s key sites and this is made possible by the talent and quality of the people we employ locally to serve our customers.”


Fiona Hunter from Police Scotland added:


“Police Scotland is the 2nd largest police force in the UK. It’s purpose is to improve the safety and wellbeing of people, places and communities in Scotland. We are currently hiring Police Constables and Special Constables throughout Scotland. Being a police officer is both a challenging and rewarding role. Our selection process is designed to identify people who demonstrate that they have the potential to become fully effective in the role. The journey to becoming a police officer isn’t a short or easy process and each step demands dedication and commitment. With a starting salary of £26,037 rising to £30,747 and 28 days of annual leave increasing to 31 days after 2 years service, excellent opportunities for career progression and the chance to make a real difference - consider joining us for a job like no other.“


Andy Williamson, Deputy Chief Executive and Service Director Quarriers, said:


“Attracting staff that share Quarriers’ values is really important to us. We’re always keen to hear from staff who have a passion for people and care about helping people live fulfilling lives and in return we offer the Scottish Living Wage and a career in care with an IIP PLATINUM accredited employer. If you can make it along on the day, please come and speak to us about our current vacancies.”

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