Argyll and Bute Council news round up - 7th September 2018

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Focus on: Argyll and Bute in top 8 in Scotland 

The number of young people in Argyll and Bute who are in employment, education or training currently stands at 94.2% - 2.4% higher than the national average - putting Argyll and Bute in the top 8 of Scotland's 32 local authorities.

Welcoming the news, the Council’s Policy Lead for Education, Councillor Yvonne McNeilly said: “This report shows the great efforts that have been made to help our young people make positive progress and access appropriate pathways into work.

“Together with our partners at Skills Development Scotland and Job Centre, we have been working hard to promote enterprise and entrepreneurship, and to help our young people raise their ambitions so that they can develop and succeed. The council has also developed its own award-winning modern apprenticeship scheme.

 “We are committed to ensuring that our young people are equipped to secure and sustain positive destinations and achieve success in life, and we want them to be fully aware of the opportunities that are out there.”

For further information visit Skills Development Scotland.

Did you know?

Home energy grants are now available through the Council, with new criteria for island communities?

To find out more, contact Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282. Alternatively, visit the Council website.


Perking up the prom: A voluntary group is making the seafront at Kirn more welcoming and comfortable for the community and visitors thanks to the enthusiasm of local volunteers, organisations and funding from the council’s Sustainable Community Initiative Fund.

Community integration fund now open: The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust Local Grants and Digital Development programme, which provides funding for projects bringing civilian and armed forces communities together, will be open for applications until 30 September.

Waste strategy to reduce landfill: Councillors have agreed that a waste strategy is needed for Argyll and Bute that meets government regulations, finds ways of exploring commercial opportunities from waste, and encourages and supports closer working with third sector organisations and businesses.

Hackathon success: The Council's Youth Services Team held a successful 'hackathon' in Dunoon at the weekend which saw 41 youngsters attend from throughout Argyll and Bute.

Door Open Days: As part of the 2018 Doors Open Days celebrations, an exhibition on the history of Dunoon Pier will be held at the Pier’s Waiting room on Saturday, September 22 and Sunday, September 23 from 10am-4pm on both days.

Work with us

Argyll and Bute is a great place to live and work, and the council is looking to recruit for a number of roles across a range of locations. Among the posts available are: Finance Clerical Assistance in Campbeltown; a Social Care Worker in Rothesay, a Street Sweeper/PC Attendant in Dunoon; a Clerical Assistant on Luing; and Directorate Support Officer in Lochgilphead. Find out about these posts, and more, at My Job Scotland.


Carers Strategy and Action Plan: We are looking for your views on our new draft strategy “Caring Together – Argyll and Bute Carers' Strategy and Action Plan 2018 – 2023.

Draft Procurement and Commissioning Strategy: We want to know what you think about the draft Procurement and Commissioning Strategy and Sustainable Procurement Policy for 2019/20.

Next edition

We will issue our next news round-up on Friday 14 September 2018.