Council give apprenticeship jobs boost green light

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ALMOST 2,000 more people are to be helped into work after plans to combat unemployment in North Lanarkshire were given the green light.

As reported in last week’s Times & Speaker, millions of pounds will be injected into an initiative from North Lanarkshire’s Working over the next three years.

The partnership - in which North Lanarkshire Council is the lead agency, but also includes NHS Lanarkshire, Routes to Work Ltd and Voluntary Action North Lanarkshire and Motherwell, Coatbridge and Cumbernauld colleges - currently helps 1,100 people into employment each year.

However, the new plans - which were backed at a meeting of the council’s regeneration committee last Wednesday - aim to increase that by around 570 each year, boosting the three-year figure from around 3,300 to just over 5,000.

For the full story, see the February 16 edition of the Times & Speaker.