Opportunities for young jobless in the Angus area

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ANGUS College can now offer over 120 opportunities for jobless young people, thanks to new contracts from Skills Development Scotland.

The Get Ready For Work programme offers up to 26 weeks of work experience to 16- to 18- year-olds: in other words, gaining the necessary skills for employment with an actual employer, leading to either a job or another positive destination.

The courses are intended for teenagers who lack work experience and/or knowledge of the working environment, says Angus College’s Employability Manager Tom Black, and last year the College and local employers between them helped 27 young people into sustainable employment.

“Sustainable employment” means the teenagers are either in a job where they gained their experience, or in a similar job with another employer.

And there’s even bigger news from Angus College, says Tom: there are also over 60 modern apprentice vacancies, in the fields of Engineering (mechanical and construction); Retail – subject to frequent boosts from supermarket chains UK-wide; Hairdressing; Business Admin; Management; and Customer Service.

Angus College will pay the full costs of training for an apprentice taken on by an employer, thanks to the funding from Skills Development Scotland. The age bracket is 16-24.

To secure one of the 62 apprenticeship opportunities contact Tom Black at Angus College, 01241-432745 or tom.black@angus.ac.uk.

For any of the 64 Get Ready For Work vacancies, contact Tom or his deputy Lynn McFarlane on the same number, or Skills Development Scotland’s Arbroath Office in Marketgate on Arbroath (01241) 433000.