Bright Purple is committed to helping young people succeed in life. In 2012 we launched our first-ever company apprenticeship initiative called the Bright Futures Programme.
We invited youths who were long term unemployed and/or had left school with few qualifications to apply and after an intensive short-listing process, we recruited six candidates for the programme.
Over the next six months our young apprentices, all aged between 16 and 20, worked towards an SVQ in Business Administration, taking on a range of challenging UK and international projects to develop their knowledge of the business world. The recruits worked alongside inspirational and dynamic mentors from Bright Purple’s team and its extensive network of external global contacts. They also met with a number of inspiring people during the programme, including serial entrepreneur Tom Hunter; Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Muhammed Yunus.
At the conclusion of the first Bright Futures Programme, two of the apprentices took on full time positions within the business, developing their expertise in hands-on support roles.
Overall the programme was a major success and one that we aim to continue into the future. Bright Purple picked up a Skills Development Scotland Modern Apprenticeship Award for its commitment in promoting opportunities for young people. We were also visited by Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond MSP and his Youth Minister Angela Constance who commended Bright Purple for the programme and the firm’s contribution in helping address long term unemployment amongst young people.
If you would like to hear about their journey, the great experiences and the changes it made to their lives, all from their perspective please have a look at their blog.
Bright Purple CEO Nick Price said: “The Bright Futures Programme was extremely inspirational for me. We saw six young people complete an amazing personal and professional journey, all of them achieving so much in a relatively short space of time with us. They came to us as very raw recruits but after six months of getting them directly involved in a series of engaging projects we saw them all make huge strides forward as both recruitment professionals and individuals.”