Council embarks on skills delivery plan to ensure no one is left behind

Councillor Tony Gurney has welcomed the plan, saying it will equip people with their knowledge and skills to start a new career.

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North Ayrshire Council’s cabinet has approved a delivery plan from the Local Employability Partnership (LEP) which aims to help people of all ages to gain skills and to secure employment.

Described as the ‘No one left behind plan,’ it outlines how it will prepare people for employment, training, education and/or volunteering, with the aim of increasing qualification levels and job prospects as well as reducing unemployment.

Councillor Tony Gurney, cabinet member for economy and climate change has welcomed the initiative, saying: ‘The No One Left Behind delivery plan couldn’t come at a more welcome time with people still recovering from the aftermath of Covid and now facing the current cost-of-living crisis.

‘It’s more important than ever that we give our residents the opportunities to improve their knowledge and skills, equipping them with the tools needed to start a new career.

‘The approach is not about designing new programmes, but instead, reforming the system so that local employability-related services are more adaptable and responsive to meet the needs of people and to adapt more quickly to rapidly changing job markets.’

Participants will receive support from an Employability Key Worker, and will work on an individual plan to help them reach their goals.

This could include activities specifically designed to prepare participants for progression, such as taster sessions at college, time with training providers, mentoring, peer mentoring opportunities and innovative group projects.

The North Ayrshire Local Employability Partnership (LEP) includes representatives from North Ayrshire Council, Department for Work and Pensions, Ayrshire College, Skills Development Scotland, Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce, and The Ayrshire Community Trust.


Councillor Tony Gurney has welcomed the plan. No_B24skills01