SNP-run North Ayrshire Council will this week continue its campaign to improve the employment prospects of local young people.
Council is to take part in a youth employment conference on Tuesday
(June 10th) at the Menzies Hotel in Irvine. A spokesperson for the
local authority explained, “Over the last few years the Council has
recognised that improving the outlook for young people is key to many of
the issues that affect North Ayrshire.
“This has resulted in the
development of a number of positive initiatives, which have sought to
reduce deprivation, encourage economic growth and give hundreds of North
Ayrshire’s young people a brighter future.
recognises there are no quick fixes to address youth unemployment and
that the success of these initiatives need to be built on in the coming
months and years.”
At the conference, around 100 students from
all over North Ayrshire will have the chance to find out about the types
of employment available locally. Working with staff from Education and
Skills, Economic Development, Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry
and Jobcentre Plus, those attending will receive assistance related to
interview techniques and the process of submitting job applications.
event will also see several local businesses deliver workshops aimed at
improving the knowledge and job prospects of young people.
John Bruce, the local Council’s SNP Cabinet Member for Education
Attainment and Achievement, said, “North Ayrshire Council is leading the
way when it comes to making the journey from education to employment as
seamless as possible.
“The announcement of our innovative
partnership with Ayrshire College is a perfect example and meets many of
the recommendations of Sir Ian Wood's Commission for Developing
Scotland's Young Workforce.
“Our schools have a vital role to
play in addressing youth employment as they are the first to start
preparing young people for the world of work. It is a long road and we
recognise that we have to make inroads early on in our children’s
“We have seen positive outcomes for young people
leaving school, but they are not being sustained in the longer term. We
also need to support more young people into work directly after they
Cllr Marie Burns, SNP Cabinet Member for Economy
and Employment, added, “I believe we have a really strong foundation for
“These events are very much focused on identifying the types of skills our young people need to kick-start their career.
input from local businesses has been key. After all, they know better
than anyone what they want to see from young people seeking employment.
is heartening that a number of these businesses have already indicated
they are actively seeking to recruit students directly from the event.”