The current economic climate is hurting Scotland’s young people applying for their first jobs. Edinburgh Council has recognised this and has “instigated cross-partner action – The Edinburgh Guarantee.”
Young people face reduced opportunities and increased competition for jobs.
Working with the public, private and voluntary sectors the Council seeks to increase the number of jobs, education or training opportunities for young people. And to improve the level of support available to help them move into a positive destination.
Capital has partnered with The Edinburgh Guarantee and is providing 4 trainees with six months of paid work experience. Tom Flockhart, Managing Director at Capital Document Solutions said:
I’m confident this partnership with the City of Edinburgh Council will help provide a genuine boost for the young people. We believe it’s crucial that local businesses play a part in nurturing young talent.
Since the initiative started, 1 of the original four trainees has decided to leave Capital and pursue another work-experience. To keep Capital’s promise on having 4 trainees, a new trainee will start working on 1 October. The teenagers will be mainly workshop-based and will gain the same skills as all of Capital’s apprentices. Following a successful work experience Capital is hoping to hire some of the trainees for it’s workshop team.
Ronnie Melvin, Service Development Director, said:
At any given time we usually have around eight people at various stages of progress in our training programme, which has worked well for us over the years. It also presents exciting opportunities for young people keen to realise their potential in our industry.
Other companies that have provided placements as part of the initiative include BT, John Lewis, Lothian Buses, Scottish Widows and also Standard Life.
Sue Bruce, Chief Executive of the City of Edinburgh Council, said:
“We’re delighted Capital has come on board to support this programme and also look forward to building a successful working relationship with them. It is of utmost importance we provide options for Edinburgh’s young people and so set an example in terms of youth employment, which is why the council will be doing all it can to make this initiative a success.”
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