Helping hand

PEOPLE who want to get into the workplace are being giving a helping hand thanks to an innovative employment project.

From their offices in Arbroath, Angus Council’s towards employment team is providing a one stop shop for local people interested in receiving advice and support to remove existing barriers to work, training, volunteering or education.

The success of the team was outlined at a meeting of the council’s infrastructure services committee on Tuesday.

A report revealed that the team dealt with 548 clients in 2010/11 – well above its yearly target of 450.

Thanks to the input of the team, of these clients 172 found full time or part time employment; 15 entered self employment; 79 entered training and 52 entered further or higher education.

Congratulating the team on its work, infrastructure services convener Councillor David May said: “The towards employment team is making a considerable difference to the lives of many people in Angus by giving them specialist and tailor-made information and support to enable them to get into the jobs market.”