Barnardo’s Works Edinburgh is helping another group of disadvantaged young people to get off benefits and into sustained employment.
The Granton-based service runs a 25-week programme that trains 16 to 24-year-olds in employability skills and works with employers to provide waged work placements as a gateway to permanent jobs.
Eleven young people have already been through initial meetings with project workers and were due to begin their four week-induction yesterday.
Simon Warr, Children’s Service Manager at Barnardo’s Works Edinburgh, said: “Sixteen to 24-year-olds have been particularly hard hit by the recession with a lack of experience often cited as a major difficulty for young people trying to compete in the job market.”
The charity have asked that any young people who feel they would benefit from joining Barnardo’s Works, or a business who would consider offering a placement, to phone 0131 559 3940 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.