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Thursday, 21 October 2010

South Ayrshire Council get six into work through Ayr Renaissance

SIX men from Ayrshire all have brighter futures to look forward to thanks to South Ayrshire Council and Ayr Renaissance – the company set up by the Council to deliver the regeneration of Ayr town centre.

[Pictured: Making a local difference, the team working with Ayr Renaissance as regeneration operatives have been involved in a variety of tasks including litter-picking and environmental improvements.]

The six are close to completing a six month work experience placement with Ayr Renaissance, funded by the Future Jobs Fund (FJF).

FJF is a Department for Work and Pensions initiative aimed at providing employment opportunities for 18 to 24 year olds who have been unemployed for almost a year.

Through the FJF, the Council has created almost 90 job opportunities for young people in South Ayrshire spanning the voluntary sector and a variety of Council services including youth work, community safety and neighbourhood services.

Ryan Ramage, Shaun MacArthur, Garry Goodwillie, Adam Graham, Robert McKie and Jamie Ross are working with Ayr Renaissance as regeneration operatives where they have been involved in a variety of tasks including street cleaning and environmental improvements.

They have also undertaken a significant amount of learning and development, picking up skills in brickwork, first aid, health and safety and construction.

Two of the six have already gained full time positions at the end of their placements and the remaining four are close to securing offers of employment.

One of the operatives, Gary Goodwillie (24) said: “I really enjoy working full-time as part of a team helping to improve Ayr town centre – the difference we are making is clear to see and it gives me a sense of satisfaction to know I am helping the community. I’ve also learned lots of new skills and now feel more confident about my future, which is great.”

Alan Macdonald, Chair of the Ayr Renaissance Board, said: “Thanks to the Future Jobs Fund and the efforts of this terrific team, we have made significant progress with a number of projects that are making a real difference in the town.

“Whether it’s picking up litter or painting, these young men have approached each task in an enthusiastic and professional way and I have no doubt they will be successful in finding permanent work at the end of this placement.”

Councillor Bill McIntosh, Leader of South Ayrshire Council and member of the Ayr Renaissance Board, added: “We’ve made a real success of the Future Jobs Fund in South Ayrshire and the regeneration operatives are a great example of that. I applaud the work of the team and look forward to following their progress as they take their learning and experience from Ayr Renaissance and use it to help them move on in their careers.”

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