James Watt College will be providing 300 new places over the coming academic year, thanks to funding from Skills Development Scotland for the Focus Programme. Aimed at 16-24 year olds who are struggling to find employment in North Ayrshire and Inverclyde, it is hoped the courses will help equip young people with the necessary skills to secure a job.
The vocational courses which make up the Focus Programme at James Watt College are specifically tailored to provide 16-24 year olds with the experience and skills to make them ‘work ready’ in their chosen field.
There are six course areas available across the North Ayrshire and Inverclyde campuses of James Watt College:
- Customer Service
- Sport & Leisure
- Health & Social Care
At the core of each course will be the development of skills and certification to give the trainee an advantage in the jobs market, which has never been so competitive. With youth unemployment a significant issue both regionally and nationally, the courses have been designed in consultation with local employers, making the learning as bespoke and relevant as possible. Enrolling on a Focus course will see trainees engaged in classroom learning as well as vital on-the-job work experience to achieve key employability skills.
The Retail and Customer Service Focus courses are the first to commence, with the 18 week programmes beginning this September. The Sport & Leisure course will start in October, with the remaining courses commencing in January 2013.
James Watt College Enterprise Officer Cindy Robb commented: “All of these courses are aimed at young unemployed people living in North Ayrshire and Inverclyde. The employment market is tougher than ever and anything that can provide job candidates with an edge to help secure a post is a positive step.
“At the end of their course, participating trainees will have employability certification, evidence of their vocational based learning and they will have built up an all important bank of work placement experience, standing them in good stead to land a job in the future.
“We are working closely with our partners Job Centre Plus, Skills Development Scotland and both Inverclyde and North Ayrshire Councils as well as a host of local employers to match up trainees to work experience placements. By continuing this level of collaboration we are hoping to make a real difference in our communities.”
Danny Logue, Operations Director from Skills Development Scotland said: “SDS’s support of the Focus Programme demonstrates our commitment to working with our partners to ensure we offer services that are suited to the needs of individuals in the area and that will enable young people to pursue positive paths in to learning and work.
“Those participating in the Focus Programme will benefit greatly from practical experience this course offers as well as classroom learning. This will ensure they are equipped with all the skills required to progress within the world of work.”
Anyone interested in taking up a place on a Focus Programme course at James Watt College should email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01475 553044 to get more details on the available places. Alternatively, staff from the Enterprise Hub will be in attendance at the upcoming Information Day being held on Thursday the 9th of August 2012 at both the Finnart Campus in Greenock and the North Ayrshire Campus in Kilwinning from 2pm-7pm.
Download Focus Programme Booklet (~2.5MB PDF)