NL jobs scheme helps thousands find work

More than 4,000 people have been helped back in to work through a North Lanarkshire unemployment project.

North Lanarkshire’s Working (NLW), led by the local council, marked the milestone this week.

By the end of June, 4,270 people had been assisted into a job since NLW introduced initiatives such as its Youth Investment Programme (YIP) in 2012.

North Lanarkshire Council’s regeneration convener David Fagan said: “This council’s efforts to address unemployment are certainly bearing fruit.

“At the time YIP was set up, the target was to support 5,000 local people into work within three years.

“With the best part of a year still to go, we are well on target to not only meet what we thought was a challenging goal but surpass it.”

Councillor Fagan added: “The latest figures are a tremendous achievement and show that with the right support for employers, genuine opportunities that improve their future life chances in lots of ways can be created for people to work and train on the job.”

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Council’s Executive Director of Regeneration and Environmental Services, Paul Jukes added: “It’s not just young unemployed who are benefitting.

“Older workers were helped too, with 12 per centof those finding employment over 41 years of age.”