Crowds of job seekers flocked to Kilmarnock’s Grand Hall for a recruitment and training day organised by East Ayrshire Council. And representatives of the fourteen employers and various training providers present hailed the event a big success.
The day – run by East Ayrshire Council’s Economic Development team in conjunction with Ayrshire College, Skills Development Scotland, Ayrshire Chamber and Department of Work and Pensions – was designed to bring job seekers of all ages and potential employers together. It opened early to allow pupils in their final year at school to visit and see what was on offer before the doors opened to the public at 10.30am.
Stallholders from local training providers and employers such as Hyspec, Police Scotland, Portfolio Recovery Associates, Stagecoach, East Ayrshire Council, Quarriers and the Army remarked upon the quality and numbers of prospective employees who came along.
For those who were interested in undertaking qualifications while they work Yipworld, Trustcare, Scotgrad, The Princes Trust, Volunteer Centre, Ayrshire College and the Council’s own Economic Development team were on hand with information about studying at all levels from accredited short courses, to Modern Apprenticeships with SVQs and graduate placements linked to local job opportunities.
Employers were also given information about the Ayrshire Youth Employment recruitment incentive which offers them 50% of the National Minimum Wage for 26 weeks for people aged 16-29.
Councillor Jim Buchanan, Spokesperson for Delivering Community Regeneration, East Ayrshire Council said: “I’ve been to a number of our recruitment and training events over the past few years and this was the best and busiest yet. The enthusiasm from both sides is palpable. Working in partnership with so many organisations we are able to offer a very exciting and interesting selection of jobs and training opportunities, giving individuals great chances to find worthwhile employment while boosting our local businesses and organisations with the addition of well trained motivated staff. Events like this make a real difference to people and the local economy as a whole.”
For further information on Modern Apprenticeships, job opportunities and the Ayrshire Youth Employer Recruitment Initiative please call East Ayrshire Council’s Economic Development team 01563 503000.