Edinburgh’s Liberal Democrat MP, Mike Crockart, launched Get Edinburgh Working at Murrayfield Stadium this morning, a new campaign to find 100 local job or training opportunities in 100 days.
The MP was joined by local business leaders as well as representatives from some multinationals. Representatives from the Joined UP For Jobs Team were on hand to promote the challenge and offer advice to employers all in a bid to find more jobs in the area.
Commenting Mike said:
"I launched this challenge calling on businesses across Edinburgh West to support local people who are unemployed and provide training opportunities to get people back into work.
"These types of opportunities can make a huge difference in someone's life. It can also be a great catalyst for business growth, tapping into new talent and potential.
"The Get Edinburgh Working Challenge is good for local businesses, good for those out of work and good for our community.
"I have taken the first step and have taken on two apprentices in my London office; I will be taking one on in my Edinburgh office soon.”
Barrie Henderson Managing Director of Xtreme Karting in Newbridge said:
“It was a fantastic event and very successful. Businesses were able to talk openly about any concerns they had or barriers they faced.”
David Paterson, Head of Regional Affairs for Asda added:
“It's great to see a joined up approach from so many partners to get young people in to employment. We are seeing real business benefits from our apprenticeship scheme, work experience, and work placement programmes and it's excellent to see so many businesses wanting to share best practice and do their bit to fly the flag for young people in Edinburgh."