Job opportunities in the Borders have been boosted by a new Youth Employment Scotland scheme and 12 new council apprentice posts.
The council apprentices have started in the neighbourhood operations section, working on grounds maintenance, burials, roads maintenance, street cleansing and public conveniences.
They will also undertake formal parks, gardens and green space training, attending Borders College to work towards an SVQ Level 2 Parks, Gardens and Green Space qualification, Further training and assessment will lead to qualifications in LANTRA (Land-based and Environmental Industries qualification) and NPORS (National Plant Operators Registration Scheme).
Councillor Michael Cook, SBC’s executive member for HR and corporate improvement said: “The importance of providing work opportunities like this, especially for younger people, cannot be under-estimated. We recognise that apprenticeships can form a vital part of our plans to bring growth and prosperity to the Borders.”
SBC’s ‘Ambitious for the Borders’ partnership agreement includes offering 30 apprenticeships over a five year period and the launch of the new Youth Employment Scotland scheme in the Scottish Borders will help more youngsters into employment by providing grants of half of the salary costs for a six month period to encourage local businesses to create new jobs for young people.
Funding of £250,000 has been confirmed from the Scottish Government and EU to support 80 job placements in the Scottish Borders. The scheme is open until March 31, 2014, with job placements running until the end of September 2014. It targets job-ready young people aged 16-24 who have been unemployed for up to six months.
Welcoming the new Youth Employment Scotland scheme Borders MP Michael Moore said: “It is great news that Barnardo’s Works East will be delivering our local Youth Employment Scotland scheme.
“Their track record of success and unwavering commitment to improving the lives of young people will be invaluable in supporting employers.”
Local businesses can register their interest by emailing their contact details to YESScheme@scotborders.gov.uk or by calling 01835 825600.