Dundee City Council is again supporting the Career Ready initiative by giving five young people paid internships to let them see the potential work opportunities in a local authority.
Over the next month, the senior secondary pupils are being mentored by city council officers and partners from Developing the Young Workforce, and are experiencing different aspects of services.
This includes the organisation behind the mass vaccination centre at the Caird Hall, the daily work of city centre ambassadors, out of school care clubs and administration duties.
A-Jay Ayre Young, Kelsey Carr, Rachel Pollock, Sedra Alhussein and Kali Stark will also be given e-learning opportunities and other career insights before they give a virtual presentation about the skills and knowledge they have gained.
Children and families convener Councillor Stewart Hunter said: “As an employer trying to encourage opportunities for young people, it is important that we support the Career Ready initiative.
“This allows them invaluable insights into the work of the council, lets them understand what qualifications they will need and arms them with skills that will help in writing CVs and for interviews.
“I wish them all well for their future and hope that their time being mentored in the council will inspire them to achieve their goals.”
More details on the work of the Career Ready charity and paid internships are available at https://careerready.org.uk/
Dundee draws skilled workers from a 60-minute catchment population of 640,000 and has a local population of over 140,000. The availability of a large pool of highly skilled labour is a key feature in the Dundee economy. Flexibility in the labour force is currently more prevalent in Dundee than in Scotland as a whole. All forms of labour market flexibility - part-time, temporary employment, self-employment and shift work - are widely operational within the city. Labour force stability in the city is excellent, enabling companies to plan with confidence. Labour turnover levels are less than 5% and absenteeism averages 2%.