Help in finding work was on the agenda when the Council met yesterday (25 January).
Councillors approved a funding bid to Skills Development Scotland (SDS), to provide a service in 2018/19 that would help long-term unemployed people to find jobs.
If successful the SDS contract will be delivered by the council’s Employability Team. Over the past three years, with funding from various sources, the Team has helped 266 long-term unemployed people across Argyll and Bute into work.
SDS offered support agencies across the area the chance to bid for funding.
The council submitted a bid to deliver services in 2018/19 in the Mid Argyll, Kintyre and the Islands, and the Bute and Cowal areas. With more providers available in the Helensburgh and Oban areas, the council bid is intended to help ensure that people across Argyll and Bute can benefit from this support.
Councillor Aileen Morton, Policy Lead for Economic Development, said:
“Having a job benefits people’s day to day lives financially and it also contributes longer-term to individual health. Our local economy too will grow the more productive we are, and the more people are in employment.
“Although it’s not a requirement for the council to provide employability support we are keen to do everything we can to help local people build the confidence and skills they need to find a job.”
SDS is expected to make a decision on bids from the council and any other service by 1March 2018.
Job-seekers are referred to the Employability Team through different routes. You can find information on getting back into work, and on jobs with the council, at www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/jobs
Note to Editor
The current unemployment rate in Argyll and Bute is 1.7% - 0.6% points below the Scottish unemployment rate.