Young people encouraged to attend job-help events

Young people looking for work are being encouraged to get along to two council-run events designed to help them increase their job prospects.

Friday 23 August will see the Futuresfest careers fair at the Lagoon in Paisley, as well as an open day for the council’s youth employability hub in nearby Gauze St.

Futuresfest is on between 11am and 3pm and is intended to let young people aged between 16 and 24 meet people who can help them achieve their career goals.

There will be around 40 exhibitors on the day, including JobCentre Plus, Skills Development Scotland, Renfrewshire Leisure and the NHS, plus various training and further education providers.

Councillor Mark MacmillanCompanies there on the day will include Hewlett Packard, Mackays Stores and St Mirren.

Staff from Renfrewshire Council will offer information on apprenticeships, graduate internships and training, while there will be workshops throughout the day.

Meanwhile, Futuresfest visitors are also being encouraged to visit the open day at the council’s youth employability hub, in Assurance House, between 11am and 4pm.

The hub is open to all young people aged between 16 and 24 looking for advice about education, training and employment.

The team of advisors there can help with job-hunting, CVs and letter writing, budgeting and personal development, and access to training and work experience.

The youth hub sits on the first floor of the building, of which the ground floor is now a business hub.

The business hub is being run through the council’s £8m Invest in Renfrewshire programme and offers a one-stop shop for firms to access advice on the support available to them.

Councillor Mark Macmillan, Renfrewshire Council Leader, said: “Helping young people find work is one of the biggest priorities of the council and we run a range of initiatives designed to make this happen.

“Futuresfest is always a well-attended event, and anybody attending will find plenty of people there who could help them get to where they want to be in their careers.

“Our youth hub has been open for over a year now, and our team of dedicated advisors has helped hundreds of young people in that time.

“I would encourage all young people living in Renfrewshire to check out both of these events and find out what is on offer to them.”

Information from Renfrewshire Council.