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Mon, 2016-09-19 17:03

Businesses of all sizes in West Lothian are invited to gather in Livingston at the Economic Conference for the launch of the West Lothian Chamber of Commerce response to the Developing Young Workforce Programme, Scottish Government’s strategy for reducing youth unemployment by 40% by 2021.

Linda Scott, CEO of West Lothian Chamber of Commerce, said:

“We are encouraging all businesses across West Lothian to attend this important event, not just for the networking it will offer. Delegates will learn about the advantages to their business of collaborating with education providers in the region to ensure young people emerge from schools and colleges ‘work ready’.

“Very small businesses and family owned enterprises have just as much to contribute as large employers when it comes to ensuring tomorrow’s workforce will have skills that are relevant to the economy we want to create. Apprenticeships are part of the story, but educators need strong links with businesses to deliver the skills needed and to prepare our young people for the world of work. We will announce our new initiative that aims to forge strong and sustainable links between education and business for the wellbeing of the economy and the young people who will determine its future.”

The Chamber’s proposal for the DYW programme was developed in partnership with key local agencies such as West Lothian Council and seeks to build on West Lothian’s existing reputation for partnership working. Under their initiative the Chamber aims to develop an employer and education hub supported by technology which will provide an opportunity for employers to post opportunities for young people such as jobs, apprenticeships and placements. 

The portal will also be a forum for schools and educators to post what they want in terms of support from business, for example, skills sessions, industry insight presentations, mock interviews, work tasters or competitions to get kids engaged in industry.