Adult Employability Service Launch

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A renewed focus on supporting unemployed Dundee people into work is being launched on Wednesday (Oct 25).

The city council has reshaped its Adult Employability Service to meet new challenges in the jobs market, and an event is being held to raise awareness among employers about the changes.

Now based at the Shore in the city centre, the service provides targeted support for those who are long term unemployed, older workers, those living in the most employment deprived areas of Dundee as well as those from other protected groups.

The service has also recently become an SQA accredited delivery centre, which allows people to gain qualifications to assist in their search for employment.

Also, for employers and unemployed people, the service runs Sector Based Academies and Academies for Individual Businesses.

These deliver training courses developed with employers for positions like machine operators and bus drivers, as well as for sectors such as hospitality and care, with guaranteed interviews upon successful completion.

Council leader Councillor John Alexander, who will open the event, said: “The council has reshaped this service so that it will be much more effective at helping people to gain skills, while also assisting local employers to attract appropriately qualified staff.

“The world of work has changed beyond recognition in the last few years, and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic is still being felt. It is vital that our employability service is able to help people overcome challenges and improve their prospects.

“We all want to see the city become a better place for everyone.

“I am confident that this event will show how we are determined to make a real difference to people’s lives by providing the right support to get them into employment.”

Councillor Steven Rome, Fair Work, Economic Growth and Infrastructure convener, said: “Widening skillsets, creating a diverse and vibrant economy and increasing employment are at the core of our work as a council.

"Our employability services, in partnership with the private sector, can change lives and these events help to shine a spotlight on our city's best asset, its people."

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