Media Release: Edinburgh’s unemployed given career boost


OVER 90 of Edinburgh’s young unemployed were given help finding ‘Ways to Work’ at an event held this week.

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) invited training providers, employers and other learning providers who currently offer opportunities for young people, to meet with 16-19 year-olds looking to take a step on to their career path.

Patricia Thomson, SDS’s area manager for Edinburgh, said: “The ‘Ways to Work’ event was a great opportunity for young people to access a wide range of local organisations together under one roof. They were able to find out essential information about programmes to suit them and we received very positive feedback.

“All training providers and employers attending had positions they were recruiting to on the day, such as Modern Apprenticeships or the Get Ready for Work programme. The event allowed them to meet young people and match them to suitable opportunities which resulted in many being referred on to a programme.”

The event was held at SDS’s careers centre in Edinburgh on January 31. All 92 young people who attended the event were offered follow-up support by an SDS adviser.

Those who were unable to attend can visit SDS’s interactive careers website or visit their local centre to speak to an adviser.

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Left to right: 16 year-old Monika Szczygiel and 17 year-old Renata Goldfinch find out about exciting new careers website My World of Work at an SDS event in Edinburgh.

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Contact: SDS External Communications