MOTHERWELL and Wishaw MP Frank Roy launched a new workplace initiative, Our Community, at the Alona Hotel in Strathclyde Park on Friday.
Our Community asks employers in the private and public sector to make workplace experience places available to help young people gain the valuable experience they need as they look for work.
It is open to anyone aged 18-24 in the Motherwell, Wishaw and Bellshill area who is out of work and not in full-time study, who will receive a placement lasting for six to eight weeks.
Employers are asked to offer a guiding assessment of the young person and, where appropriate, provide a reference for future job applications.
The launch was attended by the many local businesses and organisations who have indicated they are interested in joining the initiative and the key stakeholders involved.
Frank said: “I was delighted to launch the ‘Our Community - a workplace initiative for young people’ and to see such a wonderful turnout of local employers and organisations.
“The initiative, which is completely voluntary, has a very simple aim to give young unemployed people in the Motherwell, Wishaw and Bellshill areas the best possible chance of finding work.
“This could not be achieved without the partnership working of both employers and a number of key stakeholders.
“I am extremely grateful to Job Centre Plus, Community Union, Communitas and Suited and Booted who are helping in a variety of ways to run the initiative.
“With so many of our young people struggling to find employment it is heartening to see our local community join together and do all we can to help.
“A special thanks also to the Alona Hotel who have provided the venue and catering for the launch free of charge.”
Assistance on CV writing and interview techniques will be arranged by both Communitas, who are an educational subsidiary of Community, and the Suited and Booted, who specialise in preparing young people for job interviews.
John Park from Community Union said: “Community are delighted to support this important project.
“Making sure our young people are afforded opportunities in the workplace is vital for our communities, our young people and our local economies.
“I know Frank will make this project a success and we look forward to working with him as these opportunities develop.”
David Neary from Suited and Booted added: ”Suited & Booted are delighted to be part of the Our Community initiative.
“With strong partnerships in place we believe this will create excellent opportunities for young people to develop their skills and achieve individual employment goals.”
The Times & Speaker is backing Our Community as media sponsors and will have more stories on the progress of the initiative in the coming weeks.
If you would like to help Frank Roy in this special project then contact him on 01698 303040.
Next week we will feature all the local businesses who have signed up to support Frank Roy’s Our Community Initiative.