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North of Scotland

North District has 22 Jobcentre Plus offices and covers 10 Local Authority areas which are Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Western Isles, Highlands, Moray, Orkney, Shetland, Angus, Dundee City and Perth & Kinross.

Labour Market - The Highlands
The Highlands have a very diverse labour market with large rural areas having small communities transport can provide challenges to jobseekers.  The main sectors for recruitment are retail and hospitality and there can be seasonality within these industries.

In addition to this employers struggle to recruit for care sector and cleaning.  The retail and hospitality sector is also constantly recruiting and there are always vacancies especially for managers and chefs.  Public sector also have a number of vacancies they struggle to fill and again these are across the board.

Key Contacts within the Highlands
Marena Jordan - Inverness city & shire Partnership Manager - 01463 888171
Ellie Chapman  - Ross-shire Partnership Manager - 01349 812357 
June Ross - Caithness & Sutherland Partnership Manager - 07788565519

Local approaches to employability 
Throughout the Highlands Jobcentre Plus attend many employability meetings working in partnership with key stakeholders. From these meetings community plans are agreed to support customers and welfare reforms.

Jobcentreplus in the Highlands work closely with employers and have arranged a full range of training to support employers needs through work experience and sector based work academies, these have all been led by employers and their recruitment needs.  The models used have ranged from the employer providing training to procuring training from providers.

There are various groups set up working with employers for example in the hospitality and care sector to meet the employer needs whilst recruiting but also promoting working within the industry to break down any barriers.

Provision 
Throughout the Highlands there has been a wide variety of training been held including sector based work academies through Nigg Skills Academy to one off training through utilising training for work. 

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Labour Market - Aberdeen
Aberdeen has a very buoyant labour market with vacancies across most sectors.  As the Oil and Gas capital for Europe there are a large amount of vacancies for this sector; including offshore employment such as engineers, project managers, turners, skilled and semi skilled work e.g. pipe work as well as a variety of administrative positions. 

In addition to this employers struggle to recruit for care sector, driving - all levels and cleaning.  The retail and hospitality sector is also constantly recruiting and there are always vacancies especially for managers and chefs.  Public sector also have a number of vacancies they struggle to fill and again these are across the board.

Key Contacts within Aberdeen
Gillian Robertson  - Partnership Manager - 01224 802579
Cath Munro  - Partnership Manager - 01224 802560 
Generic e-mail - Employer.Partnershipaberdeen@JCP.gsi.gov.uk

Local approaches to employability
Through Aberdeen Works there is a strategic plan to address employability issues including Welfare Reforms.  All key employability leads sit at this group along with NHS, various council representatives, colleges, Third Sector etc.

Jobcentreplus take the lead in regards to employers and have established a hub to support all partners information for employers.  This also includes arranging a range of training including sector based recruitment models as well as other pre-employment courses as the gaps/needs are identified.

A care sector recruitment champion has been funded through older peoples change fund and will be based in the Employer & Partnership team JCP to promote working in the care sector as well as working with care sector employers.

Provision 
Theer are a variety of sector based work academies including care, retail, hospitality, construction, security as well as specific employer led training e.g. royal mail and oil and Gas related companies.

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Labour Market - Tayside
Number of vacancies and jobs are showing an increasing trend.  Care Sector is still a key sector within Tayside with renewable sector growing in Dundee, particularly in Welding. 

Key Contacts within Tayside
Anne-Marie Wallace, Senior Operations Manager, Tayside - 01738 412948
Margaret Sangster, Operations Manager, Dundee - 01382 373010
Evonne Dawson, Operations Manager, Angus, Perth and Kinross - 01738 412989

Local approaches to employability

Jobcentre Plus in Tayside is a key partner on employability partnerships with the three Local Authorities in Tayside - Perth and Kinross Council, Dundee City Council and Angus Council.

In Dundee, Jobcentre Plus Family Advisors are co-located with Dundee City Council, supporting a joined up approach to employability and supporting a pipeline of services approach.

A Construction Skills Bank has been developed in Dundee, working with a range of partners and employers with Jobcentre Plus providing recruitment solutions, including work experience.

Provision
Sector Based Work Academies play a key role in supporting our customers in Tayside into work.  SBWA have been arranged for several sectors, particularly in Care, Contact Centre, Retail and Welding.

A range of employability courses across Tayside have been supported and continue to be planned by Jobcentre Plus, including specific courses for 18-24 year old unemployed and also courses to support job seeking in a digital age.

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