Skills team reminder for 2011

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Skills Development Scotland is reminding local individual and businesses that it will continue to provide a range of services and support on Peterhead’s Marischal Street int he New Year.

Services include ScotAction, the Employer’s Recruitment Initiative, Flexible Training Opportunities and help for apprentices.

Lynn Smith, team leader for Aberdeenshire North, explained: “ScotAction is the Scottish Government’s skills support package delivered by Skills Development Scotland.

“It is an integrated package which combines new and improved measures to help individuals and businesses through the recession.

“It helps provide skills assistance - including wage subsidies in some circumstances - for training for work, training in work and training from work to work to help people and businesses survive the downturn and thrive as the economy starts to recover”.

She said support for businesses is also available through the Employer’s Recruitment Initiative. This offers employers £1,000 towards recruiting a young person (aged 16-19) who has faced barriers in the past, or who has completed one of Skills Development Scotland’s employability programmes.

The Skills Development Scotland website has details about all our services including the Adopt an Apprentice scheme which helps apprentices fund alternative employment to help them complete their training.

The scheme gives employers a £2,000 lump sum payment to help with wage costs of taking on a redundant apprentice for at least 12 months.

Employers can access workforce development grants of up to £500 per employee through the Flexible Training Opportunities programme. “These grants are available for private sector organisations with 75 or fewer employees, as long as they are based in Scotland.