Falkirk Council’s efforts to tackle youth unemployment have been recognised by Scottish Local Government’s representative body CoSLA.
The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities annual ‘Local Government Excellence Awards’ singled out the Council’s ‘Backing Falkirk’s Future’ programme based on the Council’s approach to the training and employment of young people.
The extension of this approach locally aims to get employers on board to help young people through expanding the number of local training and employment opportunities and to date, over 100 employers have signed up for the scheme.
The Council’s Employment and Training Unit picked up the Scottish Government sponsored ‘Recognising Excellence Award’ for their work within Falkirk Council Services and the roll out of the approach to bring on board as many local employers as possible to take forward the scheme.
Cllr Craig Martin, Leader of Falkirk Council said: ‘This is a great achievement for the team who continue to develop new ideas that help encourage and strengthen local employment opportunities.
‘It is particularly pleasing to see that this piece of work was recognised for helping unemployed young people who have been badly affected by the economic downturn. Thankfully, the ‘Backing Falkirk’s Future’ scheme is making inroads into securing a better future for them.
‘The awards are a great accolade for any local authority to attain and truly represent the best in public service across Scotland .’