Job shop moves to Falkirk to meet demand

Employment development officer Louise McKnight and her team are ready to help
Employment development officer Louise McKnight and her team are ready to help

A job shop run by the Salvation Army has moved to larger premises on the back of its success.

The New Future Employability and Training Centre has organised over 330 courses and helped nearly 200 people into work since its launch last August.

Now it has made the switch from Maddiston to the former Co-op building on Falkirk High Street to meet growing demand.

A dedicated team of staff, led by employment development officer Louise McKnight, supports jobseekers search for jobs, create CVs and make the most of interviews. It also helps people already in work but looking to improve their career prospects by running a range of short courses offering industry recognised qualifications through Individual Learning Accounts (ILAs).

They are open to anyone age 16 and over who does not have a degree, not in further or higher education or training through the Employability Fund, Modern Apprenticeship scheme or Community Jobs Scotland programme.

The centre is part of the UK-wide Salvation Army Employment Plus initiative approved by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and the Royal Environment Health Institute of Scotland.

Louise said: “We’re delighted to be leading the way helping people across Falkirk district get into work and excited to finally have a base on the High Street.

“We’ve already seen a big rise in the number of people coming in looking for help to search for jobs or better themselves by learning new skills and ready to go the extra mile to offer practical support and a listening ear. We also have some dedicated volunteers who are able to share their own experiences and give good advice.”