A pioneering Renfrewshire project which is boosting attainment and life chances for young people is one of the finalists for a top national award.

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Renfrewshire’s Joint Employability Project has brought together nine partners from the public, private and education sectors to deliver 18 pilot programmes tailored to the needs of pupils from the lowest income families.

Over 2,500 pupils and parents have been helped through 18 separate programmes and that work is making a sustained difference in eliminating educational and economic barriers to achievement.

Now the programme has been chosen as one of the finalists in the Impact and Learning in Children’s Services category MJ (Municipal Journal) Achievement Awards 2017.

A Renfrewshire Council spokesperson said:  “It is a tremendous achievement for the Joint Employability Project to be nominated for a prestigious national award.

“There is a growing recognition that joint working approaches which tackle the causes – not only the symptoms – of social problems are the best way to deliver lasting change.

“The project has already been awarded the Campbell Christie Public Services Reform Award at the Scottish Public Services Awards.”

The MJ awards take place in London on June 15.