West Lothian Courier - - District News -

Lo­cal pack­ag­ing firm, DS Smith, and na­tional char­ity, the EY Foun­da­tion, wel­comed Han­nah Bardell MP to meet with lo­cal young peo­ple who strug­gle to en­ter the work­place.

The Liv­ingston MP met with 18 year-olds Gary and Scott, DS Smith and the EY Foun­da­tion to dis­cuss the work be­ing done to bring the lo­cal labour mar­ket closer to the con­stituency’s young cit­i­zens most at risk.

This year, the EY Foun­da­tion and DS Smith have joined to­gether to sup­port young peo­ple who are fur­thest away from the labour mar­ket. Many young peo­ple in the UK face sig­nif­i­cant bar­ri­ers to ac­cess­ing the work skills, ex­pe­ri­ence and guid­ance they need. It means their po­ten­tial can re­main hid­den or un­tapped. Through a care­fully de­signed pro­gramme of em­ploy­a­bil­ity skills train­ing, paid work ex­pe­ri­ence and men­tor­ing, stu­dents are given the op­por­tu­nity to box-up an ex­cit­ing fu­ture.

“The in­vest­ment DS Smith has made into the West Loth­ian and Scot­tish econ­omy is vi­tal to our suc­cess as a global man­u­fac­tur­ing hub,”shared Han­nah Bardell MP.“The com­mit­ment to a cir­cu­lar econ­omy and re­cy­cling is so im­por­tant and it’s very clear DS Smith is at the fore­front of ef­forts to be a leader in green tech­nol­ogy.

“I so en­joyed meet­ing Gary and Scott. The ex­pe­ri­ence they’ve had at DS Smith has clearly had a hugely pos­i­tive im­pact and I look for­ward to work­ing with DS Smith and the EY Foun­da­tion to help them do even more with lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties to sup­port greater em­ploy­a­bil­ity.”

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