Opportunity knocks for firms as Fife unemployment levels drop

Fife businesses are being invited to find out more about a scheme which can help access funding for recruitment and training.
They’re encouraged to check out Opportunities Fife, which not only helps people in the Kingdom to find work, but supports employers to find suitable candidates and access reduced cost training and funding packages.
The call follows the news that unemployment levels have fallen again in the region – thanks, in part, to such schemes.
According to the latest data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), just 2.2% of Fife’s working age population is claiming Jobseekers Allowance (JSA).
There were 5,105 people claiming JSA in Fife in October 2015 – 1,100 fewer than 12 months ago, and 320 fewer than last month.
Councillor Lesley Laird, Fife Council’s depute leader and executive spokesperson for economy & planning, said: “The number of JSA claimants in Fife has fallen for the third month in a row, and the monthly and annual rate reductions are in line with the Scottish trend.
“The Fife Taskforce has announced that well over half of the 446 people made redundant by the company’s closure in the summer have re-entered employment. This is welcome news and is testament to the hard work carried out by the Fife Taskforce, Fife Council and employability partners in assisting people back into work.”
Fife Council’s youth ambassador and chair of Opportunities Fife, councillor Tony Martin, added: “In Fife, the number of young JSA claimants continues to drop, and this month 1,195 of those claiming JSA were between the ages of 16–24. In the last month alone the proportion of young claimants fell to 2.8%, further closing the gap with the Scottish average.
“The trend of falling unemployment is very welcome. But to grow and rebalance our economy, it’s important that we continue to look at how we develop the skills of our young people to match the jobs of today and of the future. The Opportunities Fife Partnership has a range of programmes available, not just to 16-24 year olds, but for all age groups.”
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