West Lothian Chamber of Commerce launches campaign to help young people #getajob

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West Lothian Chamber of Commerce today launched a new initiative to support 18-24 year olds in developing the skills necessary to succeed in interviews and secure employment.

Called #getajob, the joint initiative is being run by the West Lothian Chamber of Commerce, West Lothian College, the Department for Work and Pensions and JobCentre Plus.

The two-week programme has been introduced to improve interview and employability skills in West Lothian, and will work with groups of young people to improve their chances of success in job interviews. In a series of workshops over the first week, participants will tackle the main barriers to employment, assess their professional skills and develop their own personal brand. Following this, they will undergo an interview with a West Lothian employer and will then undertake work experience on site with the business.

Following the programme, participants will be assigned an employment mentor from the business community within our Chamber membership who will maintain regular contact to ensure ongoing aftercare.

The programme will be run by a team of College tutors and employers from West Lothian Chamber of Commerce, including ClickNetherfield, Macdonald Houston House Hotel, event catering company Food Creations, security solutions company Servoca and Mitsubishi Electric plus many more throughout the scheme. They will offer participants invaluable experience of job interviews in a real business environment.

The programme is the brainchild of Chief Executive of West Lothian Chamber of Commerce, Linda Scott, who says: “The Chamber feels that projects such as #getajob are vital to supporting West Lothian’s workforce and in turn benefitting the business community as a whole.”

“There are many schemes out there helping young people to get work placements in business, but this is unique by bringing our membership on board to help enhance the young people’s engagement with real employers offering practical help for them to develop their personal brand, and then converting this to a real offer of employment.”

George Hotchkiss, Assistant Principal at West Lothian College, commented:
“The College is pleased to contribute to this programme which is designed to support people into sustainable employment”

“The Department for Work and Pensions is pleased to be working with West Lothian Chamber of Commerce and West Lothian College on this exciting opportunity for unemployed young people across West Lothian to improve their skills when engaging with employers and supporting them in moving towards employment,” said Lindsay Geddes, Employer and Partnership Manager at DWP.

The initiative has obtained funding from Erasmus, a European Union student exchange programme. Currently a pilot programme will run over 6 months, if successful #getajob programmes will be rolled out across Scotland.

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