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North east Fife businesses urged to take on apprentices

Launching the challenge are, from left, Cllr Tim Brett, Willie Rennie MSP, Cllr Tony Martin, Sir Menzies Campbell and Lucinda McAllister, from Fife Council.

Launching the challenge are, from left, Cllr Tim Brett, Willie Rennie MSP, Cllr Tony Martin, Sir Menzies Campbell and Lucinda McAllister, from Fife Council.

Businesses in north east Fife are being urged to help 100 young people find their way into work.

The 100 Apprentices Challenge was launched at Watts of Cupar earlier this month with the aim of attracting local employers to take on one or more apprentices.

The event, hosted by Opportunities Fife, gave businesses who have previously employed apprentices a chance to encourage others by highlighting the opportunities and advantages of taking on an apprentice.

The event was also attended by Sir Menzies Campbell MP, Mid Scotland and Fife MSP Willie Rennie and Councillor Tony Martin, chairman of Opportunities Fife and Fife Council’s Youth Ambassador.

The 100 Apprentices Challange builds on the work of the Opportunities Fife partnership, which os currently delivering the Fife Youth Job Contract (FYJC).

Fife Council has invested £5 million into FYJC which gives young people aged between16 and 24 a chance to work towards a Modern Apprenticeship or find their way to the right career.

Councillor Tony Martin said: “It’s important we continue to build on the success of the FYJC and help as many young people as we can find their way. This campaign is a great way of encouraging businesses in North East Fife to get involved.”

Councillor Lesley Laird, Fife Council depute leader, thanked Sir Menzies Campbell, Cllr Martin and Cllr Brett for helping raise awareness of the positive contribution apprentices can make.

She said: “I’m looking forward to building on the strong partnership that exists in Fife so we can continue the council’s commitment to getting young people into work.”

Sir Menzies Campbell added: “The response we received from companies around Fife to our campaign launch was hugely positive.

“In coming months, we will be working with businesses across all sectors in every part of north east Fife to get more young people in work.”

Businesses wanting to get involved should call Opportunities Fife on 0844 855 2280 or Sir Menzies Campbell’s office on (01334) 656361.

For more information on Fife Youth Job Contract and job vacancies visit www.opportunitiesfife.org.

 

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