A KIRKCALDY MSP visited staff and volunteers at the Ecology Centre in Kinghorn recently.
David Torrance met various workers including Nikolas Clarke (19) who is working at the centre through Community Jobs Scotland.
Nikolas is a grounds maintenance assistant and has been at the centre since October. He was unemployed for four months after completing a tyre fitter and car mechanic apprenticeship. Nikolas is proving to be a real asset to the organisation not only looking after the site at Kinghorn loch but also working with a wide range of volunteers that The Ecology Centre supports.
Julie Samuel, centre manager, said: “It is fantastic to be in a position to offer young people opportunities into the world of work through Community Jobs Scotland. We can give them valuable and varied experience that will improve their chances in the future as well as providing references for future employers.”
Nikolas said: “I have learned a lot of new skills here which I am really hopeful will give me a better chance of getting a job in the future.”
The key purpose of Community Jobs Scotland is to support young people into sustainable employment through providing meaningful paid work experience in the third sector.
Commenting on the Centre’s work, Mr Torrance said: “This presents a great opportunity for young people in the locality to take those first vital steps towards gaining meaningful long-term employment. In the midst of the on-going recession this is a particularly valuable tool and I congratulate the centre on its excellent efforts in this field.”