Open day promotes local employment opportunities

Routes to Work service supports local unemployed residents

Julie-Anne Murphy

"Closing the Gaps" was the theme of an open day in Motherwell, to mark UK Employability Day 2019.

The Employment Related Services Association event highlighted the support available to residents from Routes to Work and North Lanarkshire's Working.

Businesses, elected members and partners were invited to the event on 28 June to show them the success of the two organisations' work and impact it is having on local communities.

"Routes to Work has transformed the lives of more than 18,000 North Lanarkshire residents in the last 16 years, and we pride ourselves in progressing our clients to help support them achieve their personal and professional goals," said Robin Turner, Routes to Work Chief Executive.

"Our team of expert staff work with individuals to provide training, advice and practical and personal support to help find a job that suits their skills and circumstances.

"At our open day, some of the people we have helped were on hand to tell their success stories and achievements, giving a personal insight into the impact of our services.

"The aim of the event was to show the benefits we can offer and encourage more businesses and agencies to work with us to improve employment prospects for unemployed people across North Lanarkshire and support the local economy."

Routes to Work's Prospects programme supported over 3,000 people into employment between April 2016 and December 2018, with over 40% of jobs going to unemployed residents aged 16-29. An average of 70% of participants are still in employment 26 weeks after starting their job.

During the event, a number of awards were presented:

  • Employee of the Year Award to Julie-Anne Murphy who works in the Airdrie office, for exceptional commitment in working to close the gap, in line with Routes to Work's visions and values

  • Partner of the Year Awards to the Simon Community and Barnardos, for collaborative work with Routes to Work on the Access to Opportunities Project

  • Partner of the Year Award to Johnny McConnell at Access to Industry, for collaborative work with Routes to Work

  • Significant Achievement Award to Allison McClair, for her strength, determination and resilience in overcoming obstacles

  • Employer of the Year Award to TRJ Contracts in Airdrie, for creating opportunities for local residents and supporting Routes to Work vision and values.

Routes to Work is open to unemployed people of all ages in North Lanarkshire who aren't in full time education. Anyone who wants more information on the service should call 0800 783 4731 or call in to the offices in Airdrie, Bellshill, Coatbridge and Craigneuk in Wishaw.

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