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Events boost for Moray jobless

By Alan Beresford

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RECRUITMENT and training events are set to come to Moray over the next two weeks.

The DWP have unveiled three new events for Moray jobseekers. Picture: Daniel Forsyth. Image No.
The DWP have unveiled three new events for Moray jobseekers. Picture: Daniel Forsyth. Image No.

The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) have unveiled a series of three events covering a number of different career opportunities.

Two are scheduled for Tuesday, August 6. In the Fishermen's Hall, Buckie, Walkers of Aberlour will be holding a recruitment session from 10am to 1pm. To book a place and obtain an application form, either email the firm's recruitment team at recruitment@walkers-shortbread.co.uk or phone (01340) 872497.

The same day at Moray College will see a two-week construction curse commence. Those interested should speak to their DWP work coaches.

Jobseekers who are aged 50 or over and those who have long-term medical conditions or face barriers to returning to work are the focus of the DWP-run Diamond course starting on Tuesday, August 13 and running for eight weeks.

Karen Millar, who is with the DWP's employer and partnership team at Elgin Jobcentre, said: "The course includes many practical type of support for customers to help them overcome barriers back to work.

"This covers areas such as IT and digital upskilling, jobsearch techniques, an initial one-to-one needs assessment and supportive mock interviews, as well as other items.

"If you're interested, please speak to your work coach."

Meanwhile, the latest figures showing the numbers of people unemployed and claiming benefits such as Universal Credit and Jobseeker's Allowance, have been released.

For the Moray local authority area, the claimant count for my stands at 1634, of which some 364 are in the 18-24 age bracket. This represents a rise of 99, or six per cent, over this period last year. Of the 99, 49 are aged 18-24. Over the same period, the Scotland-wide statistics fell by one per cent, to 114,398.

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