Employability project supports people returning to work

A programme to support people back to work following career breaks has helped 14 people improve their employment prospects


Positive Returns, one of six projects to be awarded funding in Scotland, worked with local employers in North Lanarkshire to encourage them to think about the benefits of employing people who are returning to work.

People taking part received pre-employment support before embarking on a three month placement with an employer.

Cllr Frank McNally, Convener of Education, said: "People's career plans can be interrupted, often to raise a family or because of caring responsibilities. 

"This break from work, which can extend to years, can result in a lack of confidence, with skills and experience often becoming outdated.  Through Positive Returns, people have benefited from one-to-one support from Routes to Work to help them re-enter employment."

The Education, Youth and Communities' Positive Returns project was one of six to receive funding from the Scottish Government's Fair Work, Employability and Skills Directorate, to deliver a project aimed at supporting people into work following career breaks. 

At a special launch event participants heard from motivational speaker Heather Butler Smith of Lifelink as well as representatives from the council's Employability Services and Routes to Work on the whole package of support available through Positive Returns.

For more information contact Adele Muir, Employability Development Co-ordinator on 01236 638 956.

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