LOCAL employers in both the private and public sector have strongly backed Motherwell and Wishaw MP Frank Roy’s workplace initiative for young people.
So far over 40 employers from the private and public sector have volunteered to take on young people as part of the workplace experience initiative Our Community.
This has created over 100 places for young unemployed people, with the figure to grow as more employers’ join up.
Frank said: “I am delighted with the response from our local employers both in the public and private sector and from employers large and small.
“The whole idea of the initiative is to do all we can do to help our local unemployed young people and can only be successful with the support of local employers and the community. I am absolutely heartened and encouraged by such a great start and I know this will make huge difference to lives of many of our young people and give them the best opportunity to get workplace experience.”
David Cairney of Fluidic LTD in Motherwell is taking on a young person as part of the initiative.
He said: “I was glad to attend the breakfast launch of Our Community and to learn about the initiative and what’s involved.
“I am fully supportive of this idea and I think the philosophy is admirable especially in these difficult times.
“It is clear something has to be done to help our young people find jobs and I am really keen to see this initiative work.
“I think like all employers we at Fluidic hope to give the young person the best experience in hopefully gaining employment.”
Frank added: “It was pleasure to meet David and all at Fluidic and to learn a little more about this fantastic local business.
“I was really pleased to see firsthand the enthusiasm a local employer has for this initiative and I am very grateful for their support.”
Western Commercial Mercedes Benz in Bellshill has taken on five young people.
Service manager Ronnie Hewitt said: “We are delighted to be involved with the initiative to help give young unemployed people experience in the workplace.
“It’s crucial for local businesses to do all they can to support young people at this difficult time and already we have interviewed and taken on five young people through the initiative.”
THE companies who have so far pledged their support to Our Community are: Alona Hotel, Argent Energy UK, Document Outsourcing Ltd, Fluidic Ltd, LAMH Recycle Ltd, Lanarkshire Catering School, W H & R McCartney, Moorhead & McGavin Ltd, Rathbone, Tesco, Wishaw & Dist Housing Assoc, CAB, NLC, Motherwell College, Danskin, Specsavers, Uppercrust, Kinnies Bridal Classics, Peter Vardy, Serco, Tata Steel, DGC Training Services Ltd, MB Aerospace, Airbles Building Contract, Gamesa, Western Commercial, Lion Speciality Foods, NLC Recycling, Smart Compliance Ltd, Newtown Waste, SSVQ Ltd, Parliamentary Advice Office, McDaid & Partners, Community Union, McTear Contracts, J & R Good, Bell Florist.