United effort to get youngsters into work

A range of organisations will be represented at the training event
A range of organisations will be represented at the training event
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The campaign to help more young people into work will be the focus of a training event.

Experts from public sector bodies, voluntary organisations, universities, colleges and even the Army will be giving advice to 16 to 24-year-olds on the right choice for training and employment in Falkirk Town Hall next Thursday, March 22.

Falkirk Council has pledged £850,000 this year to tackle youth unemployment with hundreds of young people expected to benefit from a series of initiatives.

It has already created a nationally recognised Employability Award scheme with Forth Valley College backed by local employers which will provide 220 young job seekers with a minimum level of skills needed for the work place. At the same time a Youth Employment programme is expected to create 80 opportunities for 20 to 24-year-olds including 12 graduate posts which will be offered by the council.

Latest figures show that across the district young people have mixed fortunes when it comes to finding work. While the number of 20 to 24-year-olds is on the rise the number in the 16 to 19 age group is dropping and the number of school leavers in training is over seven per cent above the national average.

The council already helps 850 youngsters improve their employment prospects through other schemes with around 450 in training at any one time.

There is no need to book an appointment for next week’s free event which runs between 1.30 and 6.30 p.m. For more information contact 0800 028 0363.