Employment Support Booklet

Helping to support young people


A special preview of a new Employment Support Booklet, packed with information to help young people with a range of additional support needs find a job, took top billing at the Showcase Cinema.

The Employment Signposting Booklet aims to give young people access to information and support, right for them, to make their employment aspirations become a reality.

Finding out about the support on offer was a packed audience, including 120 young people from secondary schools across North Lanarkshire; people being supported into employment through local social work services, and around 70 staff from a range of agencies.

The booklet contains information from North Lanarkshire's Working, Skills Development Scotland, local job centres, NLC Supported Employment, NLC Community Learning and Development, voluntary organisations, college employment courses and much more. It also contains a useful section on debt and money advice, information about interview clothing and recruitment sites for job searches.

Duncan Mackay, Executive Director of Housing and Social Work Services, said: "There's a lot of important work going on across North Lanarkshire to make it a place where young people can improve their lives through developing their skills in learning, life and work. And we're delighted to have produced this valuable resource.

"It's important that people with a disability or health conditions have access to employment information and the necessary support, and this booklet does just that.

"We couldn't have produced our job finding toolkit without our partners' help. I hope the young people using it find it really useful in their search for employment."

Speaking at the event was, Scott Sutherland, a Young Ambassador from the Prince's Trust. Scott shared with the audience his journey to reaching the Prince's Trust which helped him gain confidence and self esteem; so much so, that he has been nominated for a Prince's Trust Celebrate Success Award. Scott's inspirational speech showed how the right support at the right time can make such a difference in overcoming adversity.

Councillor Sam Love, Convener of Housing and Social Work Services added: "It's clear that partnership work makes all the difference. When a number of agencies come together, with the same goal, we really can make all the difference. I'm confident that we'll continue to share the responsibility we all have for shaping young people's futures."

Funding for this signposting booklet was provided by the Scottish Government following a successful application by North Lanarkshire Council's Supported Employment and Younger Adult Transition Team.

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