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Veterans land Glasgow windows factory jobs

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Image caption Glasgow City Council is investing in new PVCu windows in schools across the city

Several long-term unemployed military veterans are among a number of people to land permanent jobs at a new windows factory which is opening in Glasgow.

Four veterans have been hired by Royal Strathclyde Blindcraft Industries (RSBi), which is part of local authority-owned City Building.

They secured their roles through the Glasgow Veterans Employment Programme.

Under the project, Glasgow City Council pays a wage subsidy to city firms which take on jobless forces personnel.

The windows factory, which is based at City Building's Queenslie training complex, is expected to create 30 permanent jobs in the area across manufacturing, surveying and installation.

Its official opening follows major investment by Glasgow City Council in new PVCu windows in schools across the city.

So far, £10m of new windows contracts have been identified.

The veterans are now undergoing training on windows manufacturing.

Ex-serviceman Jon Collins, one of the four veterans recruited for the factory, said: "It's great to get the opportunity to get back to work through RSBi and to put our existing skills from our military careers with the new vocational skills which will enable us to plan for success in the long term."

'Immeasurable sacrifices'

Glasgow City Council leader Gordon Matheson said: "Last year we announced an investment of £250m to rebuild or refurbish every remaining primary, nursery or ASL school as part of our 4Rs strategy.

"The 4Rs strategy will not only benefit children and schools across Glasgow, this major capital investment will also provide a significant boost to the local economy."

He added: "Our Armed Forces make immeasurable sacrifices on our behalf and the Glasgow Veterans Employment Programme, part of the £50m Glasgow Guarantee jobs and training initiative, is designed to help ex-military personnel get into work and readjust to civilian life."

RSBi has been involved in a wide range of projects in Glasgow, including manufacturing all the furniture for Notre Dame Primary School, which City Building restored in partnership with Historic Scotland.

It has also kitted out the ceremony rooms at 23 Montrose Street - Glasgow City Council's new venue for registry weddings.

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