Figures show rise in Dundonians on benefits this year
“What we’re still seeing in Dundee is the impact of Universal Credit, which is a big factor to consider.
“The oil and gas sector hasn’t necessarily affected Dundee, but there has been an impact in the supply chain and customers from that sector have made claims. Angus probably has suffered a bigger hit with that trickling down from Aberdeen.
“We’re working with our partners in the Scottish Government to offer assistance to people across all sectors. We’ve been working on setting up a construction course with Dundee and Angus College, particularly with the amount of work going on at the Waterfront.
“We also helped to set up a twilight vacancy pilot geared towards evening hours which managed to generate 20 vacancies.
“It might not sound like a lot, but we’ve identified a new way to change how we work, so it’s been very useful. There are a lot of positive things we’re working on with partners to increase opportunities, making our customers more skilled and increasing the number of vacancies.”
Since June, the Tele has been running its “Let’s Get Dundee Working” campaign, aimed at helping highlight jobs and training opportunities.
There were 3,265 claiming out-of-work benefits at the end of January.