Fig­ures show rise in Dun­do­nians on ben­e­fits this year

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Court Reports -

“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.

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