Rokbak transforming the lives of young people
10 August 2023

As a company with over 8 decades of heritage in Scotland, we’re proud of where we come from. This heritage stretches beyond our articulated haulers and is apparent in all areas of the business, including our local community.

One of our involvements in the community has been with our local authority, North Lanarkshire Council through their No Limits Scheme which we have been involved in since the partnership began 2 years ago. The program is aimed at school leavers with additional support needs and / or disabilities where they are given the opportunity to learn the skills needed to succeed in the world of work.

We have been busy working alongside North Lanarkshire Council to make this scheme a success and bring new opportunities to everyone. Rhys Dingwall who joined Rokbak through the scheme was awarded CeeD’s Young Person of the Year 2022 for his outstanding achievement. Since then, Rhys has gone on to graduate from the No Limits Programme and has successfully secured an apprenticeship! As part of Rhys’ graduation, we were proud to host a small ceremony at Rokbak to celebrate those on the scheme who have now secured permanent jobs!

Rhys Dingwall, graduated last year from the No Limits Programme.

It didn’t stop there, last year we went on to open our Sunnyside café. The café is staffed by the Supported Enterprise job coaches and young people, giving them hands-on experience in a working environment. This helps them secure experience for future employment in various industries. Since launch it has been a huge success with our employees, the café team and the local community. Our Rokbak employees were quick to give positive feedback not only on the café itself but on the difference in the young people as they gain more and more confidence.

Word has got out and we have welcomed Stephanie Callaghan, MSP to Rokbak, specifically to visit our café. Stephanie gave us and the team glowing feedback and heard first-hand how the Supported Enterprise service is transforming lives across North Lanarkshire. We’ve also welcomed Jamie Hepburn, MSP and an assistant from Scottish Government Emma Cuzen alongside Lanarkshire & East Dunbartonshire’s Developing the Young Workforce. We have one in demand café!

Stephanie Callaghan, MSP visited our Sunnyside café and heard about the success of it from our team.

Last week, we had a bittersweet moment as we said goodbye and good luck to the very first employees, Dillon and Dean to pass through our training canteen. It’s been a pleasure to see the boys grow and while we’re sad to see them go we’re delighted to wave them off to college and can’t wait to see where their journey takes them!

We wished good luck to Dillon and Dean as they head off to college.
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