Youth Trainee Project Is Springboard To Work Or Future Training
As part of a wider commitment to promoting youth employment, The Highland Council, with support from Europe, has launched a project which aims to be a springboard to full-time employment or future study or training for young people who have difficulty in securing work.
The Youth Trainee Project has funding of £440,000 until March 2014 to provide 66 young people (16-24 years) with 6 months of paid work placements within Council Services.
It will also provide the young people with mentoring through the Employability Team, which is located within Planning and Development Services and support will be given to the young people to develop a personal development and achievement portfolio.
As well as 'on the job' training, the trainees have access to Council and where appropriate, external training opportunities and should the opportunity arise, are entitled to apply for any internal vacancies.
To date, 7 young people have been placed in Portree, Inverness and Thurso. A further 10 training opportunities are currently being advertised through our Partners.
In Skye, Neil MacLeod is spending six months with the Council's roads and community works team and is gaining experience in building fences and paths at locations throughout Skye.
The Council is also actively involved in providing a range of modern apprenticeships and currently provides a rolling programme of 27 modern apprenticeships. Through its Business Gateway service the Council has also secured additional Euro funding to provide businesses with specialist recruitment advice to take on an employee for the first time.
Councillor Thomas Prag, Chairman of the Council's Planning Environment and Development Committee, said: "We are acutely aware of the challenges facing young people in finding jobs when they leave school and further education. Through our commitment to youth employment, through schemes such as the youth trainee project or the modern apprenticeship scheme, young people are better informed and therefore better prepared to enter the labour market."
The Highland Counting Officer for the Scottish Independence Referendum and Police Scotland have appealed for a common sense approach to Referendum campaigners in Highland following the appearance of two large items on the rock face of the former Ballachulish Quarry in Lochaber. The items which included a large Saltire flag assumed to have been installed overnight on Saturday 6 September and a â€˜YES' poster on Monday 7 September were believed to have been placed there by a climber or climbers who drilled into the rock face and bolted the items to the rock.
Residents in the Highfield Avenue and Blarmore Avenue area of Inverness will begin to help tackle the problem of doorstep crime today (Monday 8 September). Muirtown Community Council have chosen the area to be a Cold Call Control Zone (CCCZ), an initiative facilitated by Highland Council Trading Standards and supported by Police Scotland that aims to educate and empower residents on how to deal with unwanted doorstep traders.
The Highland Council's Energy and Sustainability team have won the best innovation prize at the annual Energy North Awards which were held in Inverness last week. The Council has embarked on a project entitled Carbon Saving Capital Works for Council Buildings and Properties, with a specific emphasis on biomass, and in doing so has become an innovative leader in the renewable energy and low carbon sector.
The success of an apprentice plumber from Dornoch who won the Student of the Year 2013/2014 title for SVQ 3 Domestic Plumbing 2nd Year from Inverness College has been recognised by Highland Councillors. At the start of the recent Community Services Committee, members learned of Andrew Fraser's success and took the opportunity to congratulate him and pay tribute to the support and training given by council staff.
Tributes have been paid to The Highland Council's Director of Education Culture and Sport, Hugh Fraser, who retires on 19 September after seven and a half years leading the council's frontline service. At the start of The Highland Council's meeting held today (Thursday 4 September) the Convenor of The Highland Council, Councillor Jimmy Gray and Councillor Alastair Christie, Convener of the Councilâ€™s Education, Children and Adult Services Committee praised Mr.
Highland Council can report being on target or having completed 96% of the 139 commitments outlined in the 5-year Council Programme "Working together for the Highlands 2012-17". Overall satisfaction with Council services during 2013-14 was 87%, the 2nd highest figure ever reported by our Citizen's Panel.
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Members of The Highland Council's Education, Children and Adult Services Committee have approved the final draft of an integrated children's services plan for the Councilâ€™s Care and Learning Service. The plan titled, "For Highlandâ€™s Children 4" (2014-2019) also incorporates as far as possible the contribution of childrenâ€™s services delivered by NHS Highland.
Children's services in Highland are moving forward with the creation of Family Teams as part of the community services to children, young people and families. This means that most staff involved in providing services to children, such as social workers, health visitors and school nurses will all be part of the new Family Team.
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