Thursday, 1 April 2010
South Ayrshire Council says new opportunities are just the job!
EIGHTY-SEVEN local people are all set to benefit from new job opportunities, thanks to a successful bid from South Ayrshire Council to the Government’s Future Jobs Fund.
A total of £564,000 has been awarded, with the first forty three recruits already taking up posts across South Ayrshire.
Aimed principally at 18-24 year olds who have been out of work for six months or more, the Future Jobs Fund offers employment and training lasting at least 6 months to each young person, helping them develop a wide range of valuable skills, preparing them to succeed in the labour market.
Councillor Bill McIntosh (pictured above), Leader of South Ayrshire Council and Chair of the Community Planning Partnership said: “This is excellent news for young unemployed people in South Ayrshire.
“Working closely with the local Jobcentre Plus, we have identified a range of opportunities with many organisations in which young people can best develop their experience and skills. Eighteen of these new jobs will be with social enterprises and the voluntary sector, and all have a direct benefit to local communities.
“I’m delighted the first forty-three are now employed, and look forward to the remaining forty-four posts being filled quickly by local people who will make the best of this terrific opportunity.”
Ian McNeillie aged 20 from Ayr said: “It’s good to have a job again. I’ve learned a great deal so far and will have the opportunity to gain hand cutter and strimmer licences as well as a Health and Safety qualification.”
Twenty two-year-old Robert Steel also from Ayr agreed, adding: “It’s been really interesting – I am part of a great team, all of whom are really knowledgeable, and I have learned a lot.”
Peter Meechan, one of the new recruits from Dalmellington said: “This is a great opportunity for all of us, and we’re really enjoying it, as we gain skills and experience while also making a difference in our local community.”
Andrew Scott, 20, said: “I’m working with a grounds maintenance squad and we’re working really well as a team. We’re all local lads and all of us think this is one of the best opportunities around!”
Another member of the team, Ruarri Brown, 22, added: “This is a good chance to get your foot in the door to permanent work. It’s great to get recognised training and skills, but even better to be in a job and to get paid!”
Jean Wilson, district manager, Jobcentre Plus Ayrshire concluded: “Helping young people from Ayrshire into work through the Future Jobs Fund is of direct benefit to them as it offers an excellent way of gaining new skills, taking part in relevant, up to date training and focuses on helping them build a career in a work area of their choosing.”
South Ayrshire Council
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