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Placement programme provides exciting summer for young workers

10:50am - 07 June 2024

Over 100 young people from across North Lanarkshire will be earning money and gaining vital work experience during their school summer holidays thanks to our innovative student summer placement programme.

The programme will see 128 students from local high schools, priority groups and New College Lanarkshire getting the chance to gain hands-on experience working across a range of employment sectors.

The student placements are part of the council's One Workforce Plan and Brighter Futures Programme and stem from a highly successful pilot last year which involved 23 high school pupils. Of those who took part, 21 young people secured a sessional contract with the council, one gained employment as a home support scheduler and the final young person accepting a housing modern apprenticeship.

This year, placements will span key industries including the Built Environment, Health & Social Care and Digital Technology, with 22 students also working with external construction companies and four with NHS Lanarkshire.

Fiona Whittaker, Chief Officer (People Resources) explained: "This programme has proven to be an outstanding success and one we aim to build upon in the future. It was wonderful to welcome such a talented and enthusiastic group of young people into the workplace last year, and we can’t wait to get started with a much larger group this summer.

“Investing in our next generation workforce is a key priority for the council and is crucial to building a strong, vibrant working population to support North Lanarkshire’s growing economy. We believe in fostering a positive introduction to the world of work, teaching essential skills and encouraging teamwork. These skills will help bolster their job applications, university or college admissions and provide possible career pathways.

“With the students being paid for their endeavours, they can also look forward to spending their earnings on things they enjoy such as driving lessons, holidays or socialising with friends. This all helps provide them with a greater feeling of independence and gaining an appreciation for the world of work. Our team will be on hand to give them all the help and assistance they need to succeed during their placements.”

The placements were offered to students from across local secondary schools and colleges with individuals completing application forms and undertaking interviews. Those students offered placements will be matched with various council, built environment sector and health and social care services providing them with real-life experiences and inspiring them about the diverse career opportunities within these fields. The programme aims to not only prepare students for future employment but also to address workforce challenges in areas that are traditionally hard to recruit.

At the end of the programme, there will be a special awards ceremony to recognise the achievements and contributions of the participating students as they prepare to return to school or further education.

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07 Jun 2024

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