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.

10k hopefuls

Count down to the Paisley 10K underway. Are you registered?

There isn’t long to go until competitive racers and fun runners will take their place at the start line of the Scottish West 10k Championship and Fun Run in Paisley.

Renfrewshire Council is reminding runners they need to be registered ahead of the road race, which takes place on Sunday 25 August at 10am if they’re hoping to secure a personal best.

Online registration closes at noon on Friday 23 August for what is expected to be the biggest ever staging of the event. Paper registrations however need to be received by Monday 19 August to avoid disappointment. Late applications or entries on the day will not be accepted.

Last year over 1,400 people took part in the event, ranging from serious athletes to fun runners raising cash for charity.

Councillor Jim Harte, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Sport, Leisure and Culture Policy Board said, “Don’t let months or miles of training go to waste because you miss the registration cut-off.

10k hopefuls

“Paisley is one of three British Heart Foundation ‘Heart Towns’ in Scotland. Your participation in the Scottish West 10k Championship and Fun Run has the potential to benefit the charity twice. Not only will you be helping to raise vital funds, by getting physically active you are also reducing your risk of getting cardiovascular disease.

“Whether it’s lining up on the start line or cheering from the sidelines on the 25th, we all benefit from getting outdoors and getting active”.

This year the race is sponsored by Renfrewshire’s Fairtrade Flagship employer MEPC Hillington Park. Demonstrating their commitment to the cause, Marketing & Customer Manager, Alison Clark, and Leasing Manager, Roddy Proudfoot, have registered and will be among those lining up at the start of the 10k.

Paisley’s 10k is noted for being flat and fast, with a course that takes competitors through the historic town centre, along Paisley canal and Kilmacolm cycle track.

Register online at by noon on Friday 23 August or return your paper application to: Paisley 10K Road Race/Fun Run, Youth and Sport Services Team, West Primary School, Newton Street, Paisley PA1 2RL, by the Monday 19 August with a cheque made payable to Renfrewshire Council.