Education for work in Leven

Adult learners Cathy Bell and Ashleigh Wishart with tutor Jon Elde
Adult learners Cathy Bell and Ashleigh Wishart with tutor Jon Elde

WITH big hitters like Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) arriving in the area, it is essential that the local workforce in Levenmouth is prepared for work.

And even more importantly, these people need the chance to gain these skills and knowledge locally.

Provided by Fife Council, Adult Basic Education (ABE) provides free tuition for adults wanting to improve their basic skills. And the team in Levenmouth want to ensure that everyone is equipped with the skills they need to succeed in employment. Fay Logan, ABE organiser for Kirkcaldy and Levenmouth, explained what they do to help. “Our aim is to help anyone who needs it, whether it is with IT skills, brushing up on their literacy and spelling, or for skills at work,” she said.

“We think of everyone who comes to us as an individual - that is a really strong ethos of ours. Although they will be coming in and working in small groups of around five or six, everyone is working on improving their own personal skills.”

It was announced in January that SHI will move to Fife Energy Park for the next five years while a specialised team tests the 7MW offshore wind turbine.

The move was welcomed by Council leader Alex Rowley, who described it as an “excellent endorsement”.

He said at the time: “In the longer term, we look forward to working with the company to exploit any opportunities for local businesses in the supply chain and for apprenticeships for our young people.”

And as Fay notes, making sure that local residents are prepared for this kind of employement is essential. “If local people want to apply for the kinds of jobs that are coming to the area, we need to make sure that they are ready. It isn’t just about doing the application - it is about being confident in their ability.”

Councillor Tom Adams, chair of the Levenmouth Area Committee, added: “The aim of the programme is to work with people in the local area who are out of work to improve their work skills; young people who want to increase their opportunities and parents who want to brush up their skills for themselves and to support their children with school and homework.

He added: “With more jobs coming into the Levenmouth area, we want to see as many local people as possible benefiting from jobs created in the area.”