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West of Scotland

West District has 24 Jobcentre Plus offices and covers 9 Local Authority areas which are Dumfries & Galloway, East Ayrshire, North Ayrshire, South Ayrshire, Inverclyde, Argyll & Bute, West Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire.

Labour Market
Main types of employment in this District are within the Service Industry mainly retail, hospitality and Social Care. There is a dedicated Recruitment Team based within Glasgow Airport who work hand in hand with the Airport employers.

West District are fortunate enough to house some of the finest tourist attractions in the West of Scotland; these also support the local labour market…

Key Contacts within District
Etta Wright, District Manager
David Fulton, External Relations Manager
David Welch, Partnership and Employer Delivery Manager Dumfries and Galloway
Joyce Smith, Partnership and Employer Delivery Manager South Ayrshire
Janet Botwright, Partnership and Employer Delivery Manager North Ayrshire
Anne McGuire, Partnership and Employer Delivery Manager North Ayrshire
Caron Currie, Partnership and Employer Delivery Manager East Ayrshire
Yvonne O'Hara, Partnership and Employer Delivery Manager Inverclyde, Renfrewshire and Argyll and Bute
Joanne Gallacher, Partnership and Employer Delivery Manager East Renfrewshire, Renfrewshire and Airport Recruitment Team
Lorna Gilmour, Partnership and Employer Delivery Manager, West Dunbartonshire

Local approaches to employability
West District have Employer Advisers who promote the Employer Offer  to encourage local businesses to offer positions to unemployed jobseekers. Employer Advisers also provide recruitment advice to local businesses including;

  • developing pre-employment training (specific to the job requirements) for people that need it
  • agreeing new ways to help people work in businesses, e.g. by offering flexible working patterns
  • giving existing employees the chance to mentor people who want to work
  • reviewing recruitment processes to make sure they don't exclude anyone unnecessarily
  • Using Universal Jobmatch to advertise jobs and search for jobseekers whose CVs match.

Dumfries and Galloway
There are Jobcentres in the three main towns of Dumfries, Annan and Stranraer. They work very closely with local employers and have strong well established links with the Local Authority and Academic institutions. The public sector is the biggest employer in the region, with hospitality a major provider of vacancies while care is also an emerging sector. Jobcentre Plus staff work closely with Dumfries & Galloway Employability Partnership to maximise opportunities available across the area.

South Ayrshire
Theer are Jobcentres in both Ayr and Girvan. South Ayrshire main recruitment areas are in Hospitality and Care.  Staff work closely with the Community Planning Partnership to develop opportunities that maximise access to training and jobs, and with any employers undergoing any seasonal recruitment, and provide dedicated support where necessary.  

North Ayrshire
There are Jobcentres in Irvine, Saltcoats and Kilbirnie. Main recruitment areas are Hospitality, Care and Call Centres. Staff work closely with the Community Planning Partnership to develop opportunities that maximise access to training and jobs, and with any employers undergoing any seasonal recruitment, and provide dedicated support where necessary.  In 2012 Jobcentre Plus extended access to the wage subsidy available to employers who recruit a young person aged 18-24.

East Ayrshire 
There are Jobcentres in Kilmarnock and Cumnock. Main recruitment areas are Retail, Hospitality, Care, Food Processing and Call Centres. Staff work closely with a wide range of local partners to maximise use of the East Ayrshire Works employability pipeline and have strong links with local employers and colleges.

Inverclyde 
There are Jobcentres in Greenock and Port Glasgow. Main employers are Public and Service sectors. Staff work very closely with Inverclyde Development Trust as the main deliverer of council contracted employability provision. 

Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire 
Theer are Jobcentres in Paisley, Renfrew, Johnstone and Barrhead. Staff work closely with Renfrewshire Council via their Youth and Adult Services, to deliver a joint approach to sector specific training and Employer Engagement. There is currently have a member of staff on secondment one day per week to the Employer Engagement team.  Staff work in partnership with Renfrewshire Council to deliver the Airport Recruitment team to support all airport employers with their recruitment and support our labour market demand.

Argyll and Bute 
There are Jobcentres in Rothesay, Dunoon, Campbelltown, Helensburgh and Oban. Hospitality and tourism are the prominent recruitment sectors. Argyll and Bute Employability Partnership has just formed in recent months. At present Group   Employability provision is limited to DWP contracted provision.

West Dunbartonshire 
Theer are Jobcentres in Alexandria, Clydebank and Dumbarton. The main types of employment within West Dunbartonshire are Public Sector, retail & hospitality, some of with is not easily accessible by public transport due to the rural landscape of the  area. West Dunbartonshire however is within easy transport links of Glasgow which is a popular commuter destination for those in work. In 2012 DWP extended access to the wage subsidy available to employers who recruit a young person aged 18-24.

Provision Jobcentre Plus in the West of Scotland offers a range of training opportunities including:

  • sector based work academies. Recent examples include Call Centre, Social Care, Retail and Hospitality.
  • Motivational and employability training opportunities through our Support Contract and Flexible Support Fund.
  • Voluntary Work Experience placements and Work Trials with local employers.
  • Wage incentives to help businesses employ a disabled person - through the  Work Choice  programme
  • support and incentives from various schemes as part of the  Youth Contract, which helps 18 to 24 year olds find work
  • Additional support, through our Work Programme, to people who have been long-term unemployed
  • A wage incentive up to £2,275 if businesses recruit an 18 to 24-year-old

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