New initiative to boost employment

The ANGUS Economic Development Partnership is launching a new project to boost the job prospects of local people.

The Angus Employability Academy is believed to be the first of its kind in Scotland and brings together specialist organisations from across the public, private and voluntary sectors.

Its aim is to provide people with the skills they need to move closer to or into employment, with the knock-on effect of providing a sustainable supply of local labour for Angus businesses.

The academy is available to all Jobcentre Plus customers who are resident in Angus and no formal entry skills or qualifications are required.

An open information event has been organised for next Thursday, January 26, at 61 Marketgate, Arbroath, between 11am and 1pm.

There will be an opportunity to hear more about the academy, ask questions and meet the organisations involved as well as a chance to register for the academy and have a one-to-one chat about what it will involve.

The Angus Economic Development Partnership is led by Angus Council’s economic development service whose spokesman Councillor David May said: “This innovative approach will help local people enter, and stay, in the jobs market while providing a skilled workforce for Angus businesses.

“The strength of this approach will be flexibility in forecasting developing sectors and reacting to changing economic circumstances in the area.

“This is just one of a range of measures being implemented by Angus Council and its partners to support the local economy during these tough financial times.”