Renfrewshire Young people turn out for council careers fair

Young people from Renfrewshire turned out to a council-run event to meet people who could help them find their ideal career.

The Futuresfest careers fair for young people aged 16 to 24 took place at Paisley’s Lagoon Leisure Centre and featured more than 40 exhibitors.

They included significant local employers such as Quarriers, the Lynnhurst Hotel and St Mirren FC.

Visitors on the day could also speak to staff from training providers, and organisations including the NHS, JobCentre Plus and Skills Development Scotland.

Council staff were on hand to dish out information about their apprenticeship scheme, youth employability hub and £8m Invest in Renfrewshire programme.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan popped along to see the event for himself, and said: “The council will do all it can to make sure young people have the best chance possible of finding work.

“The aim of Futuresfest was to give them the opportunity to speak to a range of people who can help them get to where they want to be in life.

“Whether it be further education, apprenticeships, access to training or help finding work, there was something for everyone on offer.”

The same day also saw an open day at the council’s youth employability hub in Gauze Street, Paisley.

Staff at the hub are able to offer young people aged between 16 and 24 help with finding work, access to training and CV and letter writing.

For more information about the council’s youth employment services, call 0300 300 1180, email or visit

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.