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Sales academy aims to put young into jobs

sales-and-marketing-academyThree Scottish businesses have joined forces to create Scotland’s first sales and marketing academy with the aim of finding jobs for out of work youngsters.

Sales firm Klozers has partnered with strategic marketing company Genoa Black and digital marketing business fatBuzz and will launch the venture in January.

The free programme aims to support businesses in educating and up-skilling young people in the industry, and will train 100 graduates annually.

Iain Swanston, director at Klozers, said: “We are passionate about investing in the next generation of industry experts and with youth unemployment figures on the rise in Scotland, we sought a long-term solution to this issue.

“The Academy is a great way for graduates to gain first hand advice and training across a range of disciplines. This will support their own personal skills development, whilst supporting businesses with sales and marketing best practice.”

To support the development of new talent, the Academy will provide sales and marketing guidance through the development of key skills and use of tools that can be applied practically in the workplace. The Academy will run in conjunction with Scottish Enterprise’s ScotGrad programme.

Cameron Scott, ScotGrad programme manager, said: “ScotGrad is delighted to support Klozers in the launch of their Sales and Marketing Academy.

“We recognise the need for this Academy and will encourage participation from our ScotGrad employers and graduates.”

Sponsored by Royal Bank of Scotland, the sessions will take place in its Glasgow city centre facilities with the Academy available to any business in Scotland, and graduates are able to apply throughout the year with four in-takes annually.

Yvonne Greeves, enterprise manager at the bank, said: “This is a great example of businesses and organisations working together to develop these opportunities and we are proud to be able to use our resources – including our buildings – to give others a chance.”

Photo (contributed): L-R –  Gordon White (fatBuzz), Claire Kinloch (Genoa Black), Iain Swanston (Klozers) 

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