PROJECTSCOTLAND ANNOUNCE NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH DUNDEE CITY COUNCILPosted on August 6, 2015
We’re pleased to announce that we are stepping-up our support for jobless young people in Dundee. After securing a recent employability contract with Dundee City Council we will, over the next year, support an additional 75 young people aged 16-30 through an intensive volunteering and personal development programme that will focus on getting each young person into work.
The ProjectScotland programme will sit within the Dundee Employability pipeline, which helps jobless people overcome a range of challenges to help them get into work. We will give young people the opportunity to gain practical work experience in a field of their choice whilst volunteering with a local charity or not-for-profit.
Each young person on our programme will be matched to a rewarding volunteering role, they’ll have access to a Mentor, and be given one-to-one guidance from an Employability Manager who will advise them on CV writing, interviews skills, and job hunting.
Councillor Bill Campbell, Depute Convenor of City Development, of Dundee City Council, said: “ProjectScotland brings an exciting new dimension to the Dundee Employability Pipeline by offering young people fantastic volunteering opportunities lasting several months with support along the way to overcome any obstacles. The Employability Pipeline supports the people of Dundee with issues such as debt, childcare problems, job applications, interview skills, and finding the right job opportunity. We’re delighted to welcome ProjectScotland as a new partner.”
Paul Reddish, CEO of ProjectScotland, said: “We are really excited to announce the new partnership between ourselves and Dundee City Council, and join the Employability Pipeline. It will allow us to give a further 75 young people in Dundee a voluntary role that will unlock their aspirations, talent, skills, and ultimately help them on their way to securing employment. Charities and not-for-profits, such as The Brae, are also set to benefit as we strengthen their services with talented volunteers.”
The announcement of the new contract comes as we celebrate our 10 year anniversary. Since 2005, we’ve supported 228 young people in Dundee, contributing to the 5000 across Scotland who have given more than 3 million volunteering hours to over 540 charities and non-profit organisations nationwide.
We have a proven track record of supporting young people by helping them to develop skills, gain experience, and reach their potential. Our recent research affirmed that quality volunteering experiences are directly linked to enhanced employability. We will be working with other organisations within the Dundee Employability Pipeline helping maximise the support services offered to young people.
For more information on ProjectScotland and their activity in Dundee contact Lisa Laidlaw on 01382 434 639 or Lisa.Laidlaw@projectscotland.co.uk.