Clackmannanshire Local Employability Partnership (LEP) launched a new programme aimed at helping people into work recently.
The ‘Positive Moves’ programme, which is funded by the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, will offer support to anyone in Clackmannanshire who is unemployed and aged between 16 and 67.
The programme will be run in partnership by Clackmannanshire Works, the employability delivery arm of Clackmannanshire Council, and Clackmannanshire Economic Regeneration Trust (CERT).
Support is free and tailored to each person and could include things like:
It’s voluntary for anyone to take part, and there’s no pressure or requirement to use the service.
An audience of over 80 people packed out Alloa Town Hall to hear how the programme will be delivered over the next two years.
Attendees came from across the Clackmannanshire and wider Forth Valley employability sector and included the Local Employability Partners (LEP) as well as other third, private and public sector organisations.
Jane Adamson, Employability Lead at Clackmannanshire Council, said:
“We’re delighted to launch this new service to help people into work. We’ve been able to shape Positive Moves into a programme tailored to the specific needs of our area.
“We’re looking forward to delivering effective, people-centred support that will make a real difference to the lives and employability of anyone using the service.”
Positive Moves will align with other local employability services and supports the Scottish Government’s No One Left Behind approach, a system which aims to deliver employability support that is more tailored and responsive, especially to those who are disadvantaged in the labour market.
Council leader Ellen Forson said: “I am delighted that Positive Moves has been launched and is ready to start helping people of all ages in Clackmannanshire into work.
“This project is all about unlocking potential of our people and applies to anyone aged 16 to 67 and not in full-time education, who is out of work.
“This could mean they've never worked before, are coming back to the jobs market after a break or face challenges which make finding a job difficult.
"Whatever the case may be, those taking part will be able to access comprehensive support, tailored to their own individual needs, as well as a chance to complete relevant, valuable work qualifications.
“I would strongly encourage anyone seeking work to take that step towards a brighter future, by getting in touch with Positive Moves.”