Two members of staff at Two Rivers Recruitment have joined founder Eddie Finnigan in the MCR Pathways programme to assist disadvantaged young people from Glasgow’s East End.

Recruitment consultant Carlé Liddell (pictured below), who joined the firm in the spring of last year, has completed her training with the charity and has now been assigned as a mentor. Natasha Groundwater, who joined Two Rivers in September 2019, has started her training in preparation for becoming a mentor.

Eddie, who founded Two Rivers in 2018, has been a mentor with MCR Pathways for the past four years.

Originally set up in 2007 with a programme operating out of St Andrew’s Secondary in Glasgow, MCR Pathways has expanded its network into schools throughout nine local authorities across Scotland. The charity recruits, trains and matches each volunteer mentor with a young person facing the challenges of being a carer, or from otherwise disadvantaged circumstances.

The aim is to ensure all young people get the same educational outcomes, career opportunities and life chances, regardless of background.

Eddie said these goals reverberate with the ethos of Two Rivers, which provides both permanent and temporary staffing solutions across the aerospace, engineering and business support sectors.

“To be successful in recruitment, you have got to focus on building relationships, and that’s what the MCR programme is all about,” he explained.

When you look at the principles of what MCR stands for, that is what resonated with us. It fits perfectly with our wider purpose of helping people where we can.

“No one here has been pressured into joining the MCR programme – we just see it as the right thing to do. So it’s great that Carlé and Natasha have become involved.”

Mentors spend an hour each week listening to and encouraging a young person at school. The two are ideally matched when the young person is in the third year of secondary school, with the relationship running until he or she completes their secondary education.

External research has shown that care-experienced and disadvantaged young people who have a mentor have significantly higher staying-on rates, attainment and progression to positive destinations such as college, university and employment. MCR currently supports 2,300 young people, and is aiming to raise that to 5,000.

The charity was founded by business entrepreneur Iain MacRitchie, who made his career in by turning around failing corporations.

A finalist in the “Best Newcomer” category of the s1jobs Recruitment Awards earlier this year, Two Rivers has gone from strength to strength since it began trading two years ago. Major clients include BAE Systems and other leading organisations in the fields of engineering, renewables, and business support services.

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