Skills agency helps nearly 7000 people

In Fife, 6706 people were supported by Skills Development Scotland’s careers information, advice and guidance services (CIAG) during the first half of this year.

In Fife, 1345 people also joined SDS’s national training programmes between April to September. This includes 755 people starting a Modern Apprenticeship (MA) and 590 new starts on SDS’s Get Ready for Work, Training for Work and Lifeskills programmes.

Together with partners, SDS offers CIAG support to individuals of all ages.

Gordon MacDougall, SDS’s head of operations for North East said: “We are encouraged with the high uptake of our services as this demonstrates that SDS is successfully delivering programmes that are meeting the needs of people in Fife.

“During 2011/12, SDS will continue to work closely with partners, such as the Council, Jobcentre Plus and local training providers, to increase pathways to sustainable employment across a wide range of sectors.

“SDS will also maintain its commitment to responding to the changing economic environment, and has a range of initiatives available to assist employers and individuals.”

CIAG is among the core services SDS and its partners offer individuals. Young people, both still at school and those who have left, are offered learning support, and adults looking to find work, those facing the threat of redundancy and those looking to advance their career can also benefit from SDS’s services.

This year, SDS is also looking to work with Scottish employers to recruit 25,000 new Modern Apprentices in a range of over 80 different occupations.

Businesses can also benefit from the Employer Recruitment Incentive (ERI) that offers companies up to £2000 when they employ someone, including when they take on an individual as a Modern Apprentice.

Gordon MacDougall added: “Businesses of every shape and size can reap real rewards from bringing on employees to a stage where they are fully qualified for the job and understand their employer’s needs and aims.”