Published Wednesday, 21 December 2016
Young people and businesses are being given a massive head start with South Lanarkshire’s Youth Employment initiative
Branded as Jobspot the initiative was launched in February 2016 and by December has already worked with 1400 young people and seen 600 of them starting work in the first 300 days.
Jobspot offices are operating in Hamilton, East Kilbride, Rutherglen and Lanark giving young people and businesses access to the support they need right on their doorsteps.
The Minister for Employability and Training Jamie Hepburn visited the Hamilton Jobspot on Tuesday 20 December 2016 and also visited Henderson’s Butchers, a thriving Hamilton business who have benefited from the financial and training support that the programme provides.
South Lanarkshire Council Chair of Enterprise Resources Councillor Chris Thompson said; “It is no secret that the public sector is working under tough budget constraints but investment in the future of our young people is vital and the success of the South Lanarkshire Youth Employment Initiative shows that investment pays off.”
The Youth Employment Initiative in South Lanarkshire is funded by South Lanarkshire Council, the European Social Fund and the Youth Employment Initiative.
After visiting the Hamilton Jobspot office the Minister met former trainees who are now working at Henderson’s Butchers in the town’s New Cross Shopping Centre.
The firm has been able to help six young people into good jobs, Mr Hepburn said: Minister for Employability and Training Jamie Hepburn said:
“It was interesting to hear how the South Lanarkshire Youth Employment Initiative has been working with young people and employers at the local level to really focus in on the training individuals need to help them find work.
“From what I have heard this project has made a very strong start and I would wish it continued success in the future”
Shop owner Andrew Henderson said; “We have developed a really positive relationship with Jobspot and working to ensure that I could recruit the right young people with the skills I am looking for has been of great benefit.
“The young people who have come to us have got here through their own hard work but have undeniably benefitted from getting the right training and have quickly become real assets to the business.”
A range of financial incentives, training support and recruitment assistance is available. If your business could create new jobs with the support of Jobspot please contact Sandra Cuthbertson on 01698 454395 or email Sandra.firstname.lastname@example.org.