More than 200 jobs will be up for grabs at a special Midlothian youth talent roadshow taking place on Thursday (April 21).
The event, at the National Mining Museum in Newtongrange, is being held to provide more positive outcomes for up to 1000 local youngsters who have left school or college in the last three years.
At present 6.5 per cent of school leavers in Midlothian failed to get a job or go into training or further education last year.
Organised by the Edinburgh, Midlothian and East Lothian Regional ‘Developing the Young Workforce’ (DYW) group, the event aims to match youngsters with industry opportunities.
The DYW Regional team and partners will provide both young people and businesses with tools and support in delivering over 200 live opportunities. The event takes place between 9.30am and 4pm.
Businesses of all sizes from a variety of sectors will showcase their open vacancies including full and part time roles, apprenticeships and paid school leaver internships with a view to recruiting talented young people. Companies such as Scottish Gas, MacTaggart Scott and NHS Lothian are just some of those that have signed up.
As well as getting the chance to meet companies who are recruiting, the Skills Development Scotland careers team will be on hand to offer young people guidance on interview skills, applications and CVs as well as other sources of support available in the region.
Sandy Begbie, Chief Operations Officer of Standard Life and chairman of the Edinburgh, Midlothian and East Lothian Regional Developing Young Workforce initiative, said: “These events are a practical way of employers informing young people of what opportunities are available and inspiring those who don’t yet know what their next steps are. They can talk direct to a variety of different organisations to find out what working with them would entail.
“Success will be seeing companies hiring young people as a result of this event. It’s not just a quick fix, it is essential that both industry and young people get long term benefits from these opportunities. By bridging the gap between young people and local businesses, the DYW initiative will not only create a talented workforce for future generations, but also reduce the region’s skills gap.”
Those interested in attending can sign up by contacting the team on 0131 221 2999 or firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no cost for businesses or young people to attend. For more information visit www.edinburghchamber.co.uk/DYW