Young people in Falkirk are being offered more opportunities to get into jobs through schools and college.
Braes High has become the first school to gain approval to deliver the Certificate of Work Readiness to senior pupils aged between 15 and 16, which helps them gain practical employment skills.
Head teacher Helen McCulloch said: “Braes High School tries to ensure that all our young people receive the best preparation for life after school, no matter their plans.
“The Certificate of Work Readiness provides an appropriate training for those who wish to enter the world of work. Clearly our trainers, who are employers themselves, see the value in this course and we thank them for their support.”
And Forth Valley College has been given £590,287 by the Scottish Government to fund extra places, around 150 in total, on courses serving key growth sectors where skills are in demand such as energy, food and drink, health, and digital media.
The investment, over £13 million nationally, is aimed at young people from the ages of 16-24 who are struggling to find work due to challenging circumstances such as having no qualifications or living in deprived areas. People currently in a job who want to learn new skills will also be offered retraining.
College principal Dr Ken Thomson said: “We welcome the announcement of funding from the Scottish Government through the Scottish Funding Council’s Skills for a Competitive Workforce project.
“Our allocation will be used to attract young people between the ages of 16-24 to more than 150 new places in access programmes and pre-apprenticeship initiatives in a range of subjects.
“The courses will be designed to help students into apprenticeships, full employment or full-time education programmes.”