Partnership to provide training to help young people overcome barriers to employment

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust (CRT) has launched its first Coalfields Employment Initiative in partnership with Alloa-based charity, Community Maintenance and Environmental Enterprise (CMEE).

The new project, delivered by CMEE – a social enterprise based in Alloa, which has provided training, work experience and volunteering opportunities and affordable gardening, decorating and handyman services since 2004 - started this month to offer unemployed residents of coalfields areas the opportunity to gain paid work experience and valuable work-related qualifications. Trainees taking part in the project have faced a diverse range of challenges and barriers to work.

As part of the first of four intakes to the Longannet Employment Initiative, four young people have started working around the Kincardine area. Training operates on a 12-week rolling programme, made up of four weeks of volunteering, followed by eight weeks of paid employment of a minimum of 25 hours a week. 

The initiative offers the flexibility to allow participants to try a variety of training options. The first four weeks are provided as a volunteering option to allow participants to take on new challenges and tasks without facing the risk of losing any of their current benefits.

Jane McTaggart, CMEE operations manager, said: “We’re excited about the launch of the Coalfields Longannet Employment Initiative which will see us work with people from a diverse range of backgrounds to help them take on new challenges and gain the confidence and skills to help them find sustainable employment. This is another example of the type of initiatives we are involved in to increase employment around the area.”

Nicky Wilson, CRT trustee, said: “It’s great to partner with CMEE to launch such a worthwhile initiative that tackles barriers to employment that can face residents in coalfields areas. We’re confident that this new project will help people into work.”

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From Left to right, the first four trainees: Mark Ralston, Aiden Skelton, Callum Hunter, Alec Morrison, Scott Wilson