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Moray scheme to help 500 people overcome challenges finding employment launched

By Ewan Malcolm

A NEW scheme aimed at supporting 500 people in Moray find employment has been launched.

Enable Works, in partnership with UHI Moray and Moray Council, has launched Moray SWAP.
Enable Works, in partnership with UHI Moray and Moray Council, has launched Moray SWAP.

Enable Works, in partnership with UHI Moray and Moray Council, has launched Moray SWAP which will offer tailored support for people who face "economic inactivity, unemployment, or underemployment".

Specialist employability staff will support participants in the scheme to enhance their skills, acquire qualifications, pursue training or further education and ultimately secure fair and sustainable employment opportunities.

As well as providing training and skills, Moray SWAP aims to support 68 people into learning and further education and 122 people into apprenticeships and employment.

Organisers say that the programme will target sectors facing difficulties recruiting staff including hospitality, agriculture, construction and social care.

Tracy Connerton, operations manager of Enable Works, said: "Across Scotland and in Moray there are thousands of people who want a fair chance to work and have a career, and businesses who face challenges recruiting the staff they need.

"It’s in everyone’s interest to make those opportunities reality and create fair chances for work for everyone in our community."

The scheme will provide a wide range of employability support, including providing work tasters and a range of vocational activities and skills before employment, placements with employers and ongoing support for clients.

Jacqui Taylor, head of marketing and external relations for UHI Moray, said: "The Moray SWAP will support individuals of working age living in Moray to find sustainable and high-quality employment or training.

"Both organisations have extensive experience in delivering employability support provision over many years successfully and we are looking forward to further enhancing and building on this through the new partnership."

The programme is being supported through funding from Moray Pathways Local Employability Partnership and the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

Jane Munro, employer and partnership manager for DWP, said:"This provision will give people the tools to fulfil their potential whether that be soft skills such as confidence, motivation, and training.

"This is a game changer for the people of Moray, changing lives, helping fill local vacancies and will produce a positive impact on local communities."

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