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5th March 2014

Highland employers help 16 to 19 year olds begin employment.

HIGHLAND’S employers are among those backing a national work-based qualification to help young people secure employment.

Companies across Scotland are offering work placements and assessing young people to help them achieve an SQA approved ‘Certificate of Work Readiness’.

Employer demand for the qualification is high, as recent figures show that more than 1000 businesses across Scotland have shown their support by providing placements.

The qualification was developed by Skills Development Scotland (SDS) in partnership with the business community and gives unemployed young people the chance to learn in a work setting.

Recruiting employers will then know that an applicant has the skills for the workplace as the SQA approved Certificate of Work Readiness is only awarded following a successful assessment by an employer.

Michelle Gibson, Project Manager for the Certificate of Work Readiness at SDS, said: “Since the qualification was launched, we’ve had many cases of young people being kept on permanently by the employer they were placed with. This shows they just needed the chance to prove themselves.”

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