Extra £1m investment will help more Fifers find work

Councillor Lesley Laird has welcomed the additional funding for the Fife Youth Job Contract.
Councillor Lesley Laird has welcomed the additional funding for the Fife Youth Job Contract.
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An additional £1 million will be invested in the successful Fife Youth Job Contract to help even more Fifers find their way into work.

The programme will be expanded to target long-term unemployed adults and vulnerable adults, as well as young people.

Funds will be used for a number of projects, including mature apprenticeships for adults covering the care, construction and land-based sectors; extending the existing Christmas school leaver’s academy to include summer leavers; building on the existing Rising Stars programme to support vulnerable young people into employment and modern apprenticeships; and increased support for offenders and ex-offenders to build skills to help them find their way into work.

Councillor Tony Martin, Opportunities Fife Partnership chairman and Fife Council Youth Ambassador, said: “The highly successful Fife Youth Job Contract has demonstrated the strength of this type of model in helping people find their way into work.

“Everyone from employers to Fife College, Skills Development Scotland and third sector organisations are playing their part to get behind the Council’s employability agenda.”

Depute council leader Lesley Laird added: “Getting more Fifers into work remains a high priority for the Council. As well as giving a focus to young people who need help, it’s also important that we focus on supporting the over-24s into work, as well as people who are furthest from the job market or require additional measures to help them make the transition into employment.”

Councillors at this week’s executive committee decided £400,000 will be invested from the Welfare Reform Budget and the remaining £600,000 from the Fairer Fife Fund to add to the £5m already invested by the Council.