Euro funding to help Scots into work
More than £25 million of investment for projects designed to boost employment opportunities have been announced.
Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Allan Wilson announced the funding boost today during a visit to Williamsburgh Housing Association in Paisley last week, where trainees from The Wise Group carry out home safety and security improvements. The Wise Group has been awarded £83,858 for its ‘Routes Back to Work – Renfewshire and Inverclyde’ project, which will offer young unemployed people training at the Housing Association the opportunity to improve their skills and their chances of finding work.
Other projects being supported are:
An award of £137,577 will be made to help North Edinburgh Childcare to set up a Childcare Academy aimed at helping 40 unemployed people in Edinburgh to develop a career in childcare. The Academy will work closely with a range of childcare employers to make sure the project’s aims meet the needs of the childcare sector and enhance the likelihood of beneficiaries becoming employed as a result of the programme.
The Gorbals Initiative will receive £110,550 to help its Govanhill Community Radio project. The grant will contribute towards the costs of establishing a learning and training resource in Govanhill, with the end product being a community radio station. Sixty unemployed people will benefit from training, work experience and skills development to improve employability.
£113,634 will help Stirling Council run Employ Ability Stirling, which will be a supported employment project for people with disabilities. An individually-tailored package of job tasters, work placements, training/education opportunities and aftercare will provide specialised support for 160 people to help them secure permanent, sustainable employment.
Mr Wilson said: ‘We have long said that growing the economy is our top priority. This funding will prove vital in helping achieve our goal. It will tackle social exclusion through skills training and boost the employability of people living in many of our communities. It will help businesses by equipping them with a more skilled workforce and more able managers. What is good for our communities is good for business.
‘Projects, like the one that the Wise Group is involved in here in Paisley, will give more Scots the opportunity to take an active role in the labour market. In many cases they are equipping people with the skills they need to find – and keep – a job. For those already on the career ladder, many of the projects will support management training, and promote lifelong learning to help our business leaders of tomorrow.’
Source: Scottish Executive