New project to boost employment

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THE ANGUS Economic Development Partnership is to launch a new project to boost the job prospects of local people.

The Angus Employability Academy is believed to be the first of its kind in Scotland and brings together specialist organisations from across the public, private and voluntary sector.

The objective of the academy is to provide people with the skills they need to move closer or into employment. In turn this will provide a sustainable supply of local labour for Angus businesses.

The academy is available to all Jobcentre Plus customers who are resident in Angus. No formal entry skills or qualifications are required.

An open event has been organised to give people who might be interested in taking part more details about the academy.

At the event, which takes place on January 26 at 61 Marketgate, Arbroath, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., there will be the opportunity to hear more about the academy, ask questions and meet the organisations involved.

There will also be the opportunity to register for the academy and have a one to one chat about what it will involve.

The Angus Economic Development Partnership is led by Angus Council’s economic development service whose spokesman Councillor David May said: “This innovative approach will help local people enter, and stay, in the jobs market while providing a skilled workforce for Angus businesses.

“The strength of this approach will be flexibility in forecasting developing sectors and reacting to changing economic circumstances in the area.

“This is just one of a range of measures being implemented by Angus Council and its partners to support the local economy during these tough financial times.”