Youth Trainee Project Is Springboard To Work Or Future Training
8th July 2012
As part of a wider commitment to promoting youth employment, The Highland Council, with support from Europe, has launched a project which aims to be a springboard to full-time employment or future study or training for young people who have difficulty in securing work.
The Youth Trainee Project has funding of £440,000 until March 2014 to provide 66 young people (16-24 years) with 6 months of paid work placements within Council Services.
It will also provide the young people with mentoring through the Employability Team, which is located within Planning and Development Services and support will be given to the young people to develop a personal development and achievement portfolio.
As well as 'on the job' training, the trainees have access to Council and where appropriate, external training opportunities and should the opportunity arise, are entitled to apply for any internal vacancies.
To date, 7 young people have been placed in Portree, Inverness and Thurso. A further 10 training opportunities are currently being advertised through our Partners.
In Skye, Neil MacLeod is spending six months with the Council's roads and community works team and is gaining experience in building fences and paths at locations throughout Skye.
The Council is also actively involved in providing a range of modern apprenticeships and currently provides a rolling programme of 27 modern apprenticeships. Through its Business Gateway service the Council has also secured additional Euro funding to provide businesses with specialist recruitment advice to take on an employee for the first time.
Councillor Thomas Prag, Chairman of the Council's Planning Environment and Development Committee, said: "We are acutely aware of the challenges facing young people in finding jobs when they leave school and further education. Through our commitment to youth employment, through schemes such as the youth trainee project or the modern apprenticeship scheme, young people are better informed and therefore better prepared to enter the labour market."
A huge number of responses have been received as part of the phase two Budget Consultation. There were 4 key strands to this phase of the consultation including surveys of the Citizens' Panel, the Highland Communities Panel, ten Focus Groups with hard to reach groups and an online survey as well as general comments which were received.
Highland Council Licensing Committee is voicing its concern that a small number of licensed taxi and PHC operators are failing to take appropriate steps to ensure their vehicles are safe and meet the standards required. This follows three hearings at each of the last two Committee meetings, on 14 October and 11 November, following the receipt of reports from Trading Standards.
Over one hundred delegates will be welcomed to The Highland Council's second Carbon CLEVER Conference on Monday 17 November, in Inverness which this year is titled "Working Together for a Low Carbon Highlands". Highland Council Convener and Conference Chair, Councillor Jimmy Gray said: "The range of speakers and delegates who have signed up to the conference shows real commitment from organisations in Highland to address climate change, and is testament to the vision of Carbon CLEVER.
Building work has begun on a new enterprise and research centre at Inverness Campus. The building will house a new collaboration between two of the region's key strategic organisations.
Members of the public are being invited to an event in Thurso to consider the Main Issues Report for a new Caithness and Sutherland Local Development Plan (CaSPlan). The first event is in Thurso on 18 November at Caithness Horizons, High Street.
As winter approaches householders are reminded that Garden Waste Collections will cease for a period of 3 months from the end of November. There will be no brown bin collections in December, January or February.
North businesses are being invited by The Highland Council's Procurement team and Business Partners to join them at Mackay's Hotel, Wick on Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 November to find out about new opportunities in public sector business. This is a free advice and information event aims to help interested businesses bid for public contracts, whether they have worked with the Council before or never considered public sector contracts.
The construction works to provide a safe cycle route from the Inverness Campus at Beechwood to Inverness city centre are now complete. The completed route forms part of the link from the new Inverness Campus and the recently constructed golden bridge over the A9 in the east, through Raigmore housing estate to Millburn Road, where it continues to the city centre.
The Community Services Committee today considered the implications of a report on the cost of running the Corran Ferry, which, despite fare increases, continues to run at a deficit. Under European State Aid tests, there is a real possibility that the public funding of the Corran Ferry service deficit may be viewed as State Aid.
The addition of new materials to the blue bin will be introduced next year and could save around Â£70,000. A report on the first phase of a waste compositional analysis study, which was carried out on household kerbside collections in June 2014 in the Inner Moray Firth area, has been considered by the Community Services Committee.
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