presented their first ever Nationally recognised employability
awards at an informal presentation ceremony at the end of June
2012. The Falkirk Employability Award is a customised award using
national Units from the Scottish Qualifications Authority and sets
a standard of work readiness in response to calls from employers to
improve the functional core skills of young people entering the
world of work.
This award is being delivered in partnership with Forth Valley
College and a range of private and third sector providers. On
Thursday the first 40 young people to complete the award were
presented with their certificates of achievement, a further 240
young people are currently undertaking the award.
Councillor Dennis Goldie Convenor of the Economic Strategy and
Development Committee said," Falkirk Council is widely recognised
as being at the forefront of initiatives supporting young people
into sustainable employment. The Falkirk Employability Award is
another example where Falkirk is setting a standard and leading the
way and Scottish Government and other Local Authorities are now
looking to adopt this approach."
Scottish Government in their draft Youth Employment strategy
highlighted the need to develop a National Certificate of Work
Readiness and the award developed by Falkirk Council has been
widely promoted as the gold standard approach.
Councillor Goldie went on to say, "we are extremely proud of our
track record in supporting our young people and this year we have
committed an additional £850,000 to help support youth employment
and are in the process of recruiting additional Apprentices as well
as starting a new jobs programme for unemployed Graduates, the
Falkirk Employability Award is a key component of our quality
standards approach to matching young people with jobs."
Falkirk Council also offers a free expert support service for
employers, including a free vacancy matching service to help you
find the correct candidate and there are many work ready,
enthusiastic young people seeking opportunities. There is also
financial support available from Falkirk Council for employers to
help meet the costs of recruiting and employing young people.
Employers interested in finding out more can email ETU@falkirk.gov.uk or visit www.falkirk.gov.uk/backingfalkirksfuture.