Hub aims to help young peo­ple into work

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Kenny Smith

A new fa­cil­ity to help Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang’s young peo­ple get into the world of work has been launched.

Routes To Work South, which is based in Cam­bus­lang’s CTEC build­ing, of­fi­cially kicked off their youth hub last month.

South La­nark­shire’s de­pute provost Pam Clearie per­formed the open­ing, where she was joined by her hus­band, fel­low Cam­bus­lang coun­cil lor Rus­sell.

Op­er­a­tions man­ager Ni­cola McNaughton has been de­lighted with the early in­ter­est from young peo­ple, as they work with part­ner agen­cies to de­liver an ac­ces­si­ble, client- cen­tred ser­vice to sup­port the out of work and who want to find and hold down em­ploy­ment.

The youth hub is specif­i­cally for 16 to 24-year-olds, and was cre­ated af­ter RTWS se­cured fund­ing through the La­nark­shire Al­co­hol and Drug Part­ner­ship at the end of last year, to de­velop the hub fa­cil­ity.

Ni­cola said: “For us, in re­cent years our main client-base has been the 25 and up age group, but there’s been a mas­sive shift in re­cent times, and as a re­sult over the last few years we have worked hard de­vel­op­ing dif­fer­ent ser­vices and ex­pand­ing what we of­fer for young peo­ple. Ev­ery­thing has been go­ing re­ally well.

“The launch was very well re­ceived by our part­ners, and the young peo­ple who came along as well. I think they are quite ex­cited by the fa­cil­ity.

“We’re now into our sec­ond week and we’ve al­ready had quite a few peo­ple drop­ping in, and we also kicked off with a work­shop where we had some peo­ple par­tic­i­pat­ing in th­ese.

“For now, we’re just build­ing on what we have here and build up the num­ber of young peo­ple com­ing through, as we’re ex­pect­ing to get busier in the weeks ahead.

“We’ve al­ready had a num­ber of en­quiries and the word is get­ting out about the hub, which is what we want.”

Ni­cola ex­plained about the hub it­self.

She said: “It is a mul­ti­func­tional area, to pro­vide a flex­i­ble drop in place which ac­com­mo­dates a soft skills area, a train­ing space, where we can en­gage with clients on a one-toone ba­sis, with group sit­tings, ac­cess to the in­ter­net, and the young peo­ple are also be able to use it to build re­la­tion­ships with their peers.

“Our intention is to also use it for em­ployer events, and a whole host of other ac­tiv­i­ties.

“We will also be do­ing part­ner­ship work­ing through it in con­junc­tion with Job Cen­tre Plus, who will have staff based with the hub and work along­side our staff, to sup­port young peo­ple from the Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang area, with one week of reg­is­ter­ing for a new claim, and they will come along and meet with an ad­vi­sor.

“We will look to progress them in a pos­i­tive des­ti­na­tion, per­haps with work ex­pe­ri­ence in the area, or mov­ing them in to em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

The youth hub is run on a dropin ba­sis and no ap­point­ments are nec­es­sary to use it. It is open from Mon­day- Fri­day, dur­ing of­fice hours.

Job spot Coun­cil­lors Pam and Rus­sell Clearie, at the launch of the new youth hub in Cam­bus­lang

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