The Coalfields Worx Programme Helps Young People Find Employment

Initiative leads to success for trainees

The Coalfields Worx Programme, which supports young people living in former mining communities still affected by the social and economic impact of pit closures into employment, has helped three of its trainees secure jobs.

The initiative is a partnership between the Coalfields Regeneration Trust (CRT) and the Fife Employment Access Trust (FEAT). It offers paid training, with participants undertaking a range of environmental maintenance jobs, coupled with skills and qualification development and support to move into employment, education or training.

CRT is the primary funder, with Community Job Scotland and Fife Council also making a contribution.

The young people who have recently moved from the Coalfields Worx programme into jobs are: Cameron Skelton (26) of High Valleyfield, who is now working in environmental services with Fife Council; Jake McKenzie (21) of Kincardine, who has started a green keeping apprenticeship with Tulliallan Golf Club; and Mitchell Easton (19) of Kincardine who is in railway construction with Bam Rail.

Ross Sinclair, Coalfield Worx project leader, said: “I enjoy working with all the trainees who take part in the programme. It’s great to see them gain new skills and grow in confidence. I’m really pleased for the young people who have started their new jobs, and I’m sure they will do well.”

Nicky Wilson, chair of CRT in Scotland, said: “It’s great seeing young people finding employment in the local area after taking part in the Coalfields Worx Programme back. We wish them all the best in their careers. And we hope many more trainees will take part in this excellent initiative.”

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