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New Long Term Unemployment Scheme Launched

A new Long Term Unemployment (LTU) scheme, funded by the Scottish Government, that will be overseen by Aberdeen City Council has been launched to boost employment opportunities and enhance skill levels for people who live in the City Region. 

The scheme is part of the “No One Left Behind” initiative and supports those aged over 25 who are experiencing LTU develop employability skills and provide valuable work experience that will enable them to remain in sustainable employment.

A £1.15m fund will be used to support those aged over 25 who are experiencing Long Term Unemployment, defined as being 12 months out of work. 

Aberdeen City Council leader Councillor Jenny Laing said: “It’s great to be a part of a programme that will help support our local businesses and economy, as well as supporting individuals in progressing their skillsets and careers.

“The council is dedicated to ensuring that more people are able to access new opportunities, develop their skills, and provide entry into sectors which are experiencing skills shortages such as Health and Social Care, construction, and green jobs.” 

Aberdeen City Council will accept expressions of interest until 25 January 2022 and to be eligible, participants must be:  

  • Individuals who live in Scotland and have the right to live and work in the UK; 
  • Individuals currently not engaged in employment, training, or education;  
  • Aged 25+ who have been out of work for 12 months or more and are experiencing additional barriers to securing employment. 

Throughout this programme, employers will identify new immediate opportunities and provide access to skills and training, particularly in sectors where there are skills shortages, such as Health and Social Care. 

The council aims for training to be provided locally, to ensure that funds remain within the North-East to support the local economy and businesses, whilst ensuring that every opportunity is designed to meet individual needs and circumstances. 

To express an interest in applying, please visit our webpage.  

For other employability and skills fund, please visit the North East Economic Recovery and Skills Fund (NEERSF) website. 

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