New path into construction could be created for those struggling to find employment


A new long-term unemployment scheme is set to aid those out of work in Aberdeen into sectors such as construction.

The initiative will help those aged 25 to develop employability skills and gain valuable work experience to enable them to obtain employment.

Aberdeen City Council said it intends for training to be provided locally, to ensure that funds remain within the north-east. The programme will see employers identify immediate opportunities, as well as providing access to skills and training – particularly in sectors experiencing skills shortages, such as health and social care and construction.

A £1.25 million fund – provided by the Scottish Government – will be used to support the initiative, with it being open to anyone eligible to live and work in Scotland who is currently experiencing difficulty in securing employment.

Aberdeen City Council leader Councillor Jenny Laing said, “It’s great to be a part of a programme that will help support our local businesses and economy, as well as supporting individuals in progressing their skillsets and careers. The council is dedicated to ensuring that more people are able to access new opportunities, develop their skills, and provide entry into sectors which are experiencing skills shortages such as health and social care, construction, and green jobs.”

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